Council strongly encourages responsible dog ownership.
- Dogs to be wearing a collar and registration disc
- Not allowing dogs to wander at large or be a nuisance (barking or otherwise)
- Not allowing dogs to attack, chase or harass people or other animals
- Picking up and properly disposing of dog faeces
New laws for cat and dog owners came into effect on 1 July 2018
- Mandatory microchipping of cats and dogs
- De-sexing of dogs and cats born after the 1 July 2018
- New rules for breeders who sell dogs and cats
- Introduction of a centralised state-wide database, called Dogs and Cats Online (DACO).
The Dog and Cat Management Board is responsible for overseeing the administration and enforcement of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995. Further information regarding dog and cat laws and the Board itself may be found at www.dogandcatboard.com.au or call (08) 8124 4962.
All dogs must be registered by the age of three (3) months and all dogs must be registered by 31 August annually.
Dog owners are responsible for registering their dog(s) and keeping their details up to date online at DACO, dogsandcatsonline.com.au. If you require assistance, please contact Council’s customer service staff either by telephone on 8269 5355 or visit our office at 128 Prospect Road, Prospect.
From 1 September a late payment fee for unregistered dogs will apply (in addition to the applicable dog registration fee). A $170 fine applies for keeping an unregistered dog.
Dog Registration Fees 2019/2020
Standard Dog - $40.00 Non-Concession ($20.00 Concession)
Non-Standard Dog - $80.00 Non-Concession ($40.00 Concession)
Veterinary certificates of desexing and evidence of microchipping will also be required in order to claim the discount.
Concession card holders may be eligible for a 50% discount. Evidence of concession cards must be provided to claim concessions. These details will be verified upon entering them into DACO.
Dog and cat registration renewal notices for 2019/20 have already been sent. This year renewal notices were sent for both dogs and cats however, there is no registration fee for cats.
If you are a pet owner and have selected SMS or email as your preferred method to receive renewal notices, please keep an eye on your phone and emails.
As lifetime discs were issued to pets in July 2018 no new discs will be sent this year.
Please keep your details and your dog’s details up to date online at at www.dogsandcatsonline.com.au particularly if you have a new pet, no longer have a dog or have changed address.
Replacement Registration Discs
Replacement dog registration discs can be purchased for $10.00 from DACO at www.dogsandcatsonline.com.au or you can purchase your own metal disc, tag or badge from a retailer of your choice and have it engraved with your dog’s permanent registration number.
Cat Registration and Identification
Although there is currently no requirement under the Dog & Cat Management Act 1995 to register cats, voluntary registration is recommended and can be undertaken via DACO, www.dogsandcatsonline.com.au
Identifying cats may assist with reuniting them with their owners and may avoid them either being kept by a member of the public or being classified as a stray. Unidentified cats found roaming are at risk of being collected and impounded as a stray or unwanted cat.
Animal Management Plan
Under the Act, each council must prepare a plan relating to the management of dogs and cats within its area (26A).
These plans must include provisions for parks where dogs may be exercised off-leash and for parks where dogs must be under effective control by means of physical restraint and may include provisions for parks where dogs are prohibited.
Commencing in 2019, Council’s Dog and Cat Management Plan has been prepared to guide the City of Prospect’s approach to dog and cat management for the next five years. It provides Council with an opportunity to address dog and cat management at a strategic level and recent changes to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (the Act).
The Plan proposes a combination of education, encouragement and enforcement actions to assist with influencing people’s attitudes and behaviours towards responsible pet ownership.
The Plan includes a number of priority areas for the next five years including:
- Dog registration
- Mandatory microchipping
- Mandatory desexing
- Wandering dogs
- Excessive barking
- Dogs in public places
- Dog faeces
- Community education
- Cat management
- Breeding and selling of pets
Each priority area includes an objective, actions and performance measures.
The Plan’s mission is to build on the foundation established through strategies currently used by Council to create an environment which encourages responsible pet ownership, and where people and pets integrate safely and harmoniously within our community.
Off leash exercise areas for your dog
All dogs in public places must be held on a leash not more than two metres long.
There are however certain areas within City of Prospect where dogs may be exercised off-leash, including a dedicated fenced dog park at Broadview Oval where dogs can exercise in the safety of an enclosure. There are also other parks and reserves where dogs can be off-leash between certain times so long as they are under ‘effective control’.
Off-leash areas are available between 5-8am and 5-9pm at the following locations:
- Broadview Oval - 26 Collingrove Avenue, Broadview
- Prospect Gardens/ Narnu Wirra Reserve (west side lawn area) - West Terrace, Nailsworth
- Pash Reserve - 31-33 Derlanger Avenue, Collinswood
- Percy Street Reserve - 65 Percy Street, Prospect
- Memorial Gardens - 1 Menzies Crescent, Prospect
- St Helens Park - 39 Prospect Road, Prospect
- Prospect Estate - 286 Prospect Road, Prospect
- Irish Harp Reserve - 350 Regency Road, Prospect
- Cane Oval/Parndo Yerta - 104-120 Churchill Road, Prospect
Lost and found pets
If you have lost or found a pet, please contact us on telephone 8269 5355 at any time.
For animals found, an Animal Management Officer will attend to collect the animal from you as soon as possible.
We always aim to reunite animal with their owners however when we can’t, such as when dogs are found wandering at large within City of Prospect and have no identification, animals are impounded at:
Animal Welfare League
1-19 Cormack Road
Tel: 8348 1300
Animal Welfare League
4 Hewittson Road
Tel: 8348 1300
Photographs of dogs impounded at the AWL are posted on their website at https://awl.org.au/lost-found
The Animal Welfare League charges City of Prospect fees for the care, housing and feeding of animals impounded at their facilities. These fees are charged to the animal’s owner or person collecting the animal and must be paid in full to Council before the dog can be released.
Payment may be made in person to City of Prospect, 128 Prospect Road, Prospect. For further information, please call us on 8269 5355.
For lost animals we also recommend you contact:
- Local veterinary clinics.
- You may also consider placing notices on public notice boards or doing a letter box drop in your local area (please do not place signs on stobie poles).
- You can also log into your DACO account and indicate your dog has been lost.
Keeping more than two Dogs
Council permission is required to keep more than two dogs on a house property or one dog in a flat, townhouse or unit. Download an application form: Dogs - Keeping More Than Two Application
Complaint Forms (dogs)
Keeping Your Cat Safe and Happy at Home
Although there is no legal curfew on Council strongly encourage cat owners to confine their cats to their premises.
Keeping your cat in at night is good for neighbourly relations and avoids the cat calling, or "yowling", along with other cat related complaints. Consideration of other people's property and environment should be taken seriously by all cat owners.
The RSPCA have developed a resource to assist cat owners in providing for their cat’s welfare and also help protect native wildlife by keeping their cat contained to their home, with safe outdoor access (eg through a cat enclosure).
What are the limits on cats per household?
There are currently no requirements relating to the limit of cats per household under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 or City of Prospect’s by-laws.
If you have any queries around pet ownership within City of Prospect, please phone Council on (08) 8269 5355, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org