Assistance dogs are exempt from registration fees, however they are required to be registered with the City at no cost.
Exempt assistance dogs include:
a guide dog by a visually impaired or hearing impaired person
a dog owned by an organisation which trains guide dogs and is approved by the Minister. If the dog is being trained as a guide dog a letter from the organisation that owns the dog need to be presented
a dog working with a person who is carrying out duties for a Department or Agency of the State or Commonwealth (for example: police dogs, customs dogs)
Reasons for registration of exempt dogs
All dogs must be registered at 3 months of age - this is a legislative requirement.
The benefits for registering your dog, whether it is used for these purposes or not, include:
Your dog can be identified if it is lost or injured when wearing its registration tag
Problems with dogs can be investigated and resolved as quickly as possible
We can collect valuable information about local animal populations so that we can plan for and fund pro-active programs and activities&