Council requires all cats and dogs within the Shire to be registered after the age of three months.
For an animal registration form, please go to our Forms page
A microchip is a permanent form of animal identification, and unlike a collar or tag, a microchip cannot be lost. For additional information on microchipping please refer to the DEDJTR Website
Council is unable, by law, to register a new (not previously registered) dog or cat that has not been implanted with a microchip. Dogs and cats that move into the Municipality and that have been previously registered in another Municipality are considered to be 'new'.
Documents required for animal registration
The owner of the animal must produce proof of microchip implant. For entitlements to reduced registration fees,the owner of the animal must produce proof of sterilisation, membership of approved association, obedience papers, breeding licence, or statutory declaration/tax return for proof of working dog status.
Proof of microchipping
If you do not have proof of microchipping please ask your animal's veterinarian to complete the Microchip/sterilisation advice form. This form can also be used for proof of sterilisation. You can also contact a Local Laws Officer on (03) 5450 9333 who will scan your animal for a microchip.
Desexed / sterilised
A certificate of sterilisation from a veterinarian
The reduced fee is applicable to - Dogs kept for working stock.
If the property is a farm:
Recognised working dog breeds (Heelers, Kelpies, Border collies) are accepted at the working dog rate.
If you have another breed (e.g. corgi, terrier) and state that the dog is used for working stock, a Statutory Declaration is required.
If the property is in town:
If a person has a working dog breed and lives in town a Statutory Declaration is required to prove that they work on a farm and the animal is used for working stock.
Dogs that have undergone obedience training; which complies with the regulations; will meet the criteria for the reduced fee for registration.
Approved Obedience Training Organisations
The following organisations have been approved by the Minister for Agriculture as Approved Obedience Training Organisations in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 49 of the Domestic Animals Regulations 2005:
- Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers
- Delta Society of Australia
- The Gentle Dog Trainers Association
- Dogs Victoria
- Top Dog K9 Training Academy
- Four Paws K9 Training
If the animal is registered with an applicable organisation (and the animal owner is a current financial member of that Organisation) you are entitled to a reduced rate for registration. Applicable organisations are as follows:
- Cats Victoria Inc.
- Australian National Cats Inc.
- Feline Control Council of Victoria Inc.
- The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc.