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Desexing program

From 1 May 2016, it is compulsory for cats and dogs to be desexed when they are sold, given away, if registration lapses, when impounded or registered for the first time.

The desexing program has been introduced to cut the number of unwanted pets going to pounds and being euthanised.

In 2015, more than 900 dogs and 450 cats were impounded on the Fraser Coast.
Compulsory cat desexing was introduced in 2013.

Compulsory dog desexing was identified during public consultation as part of Council’s Local Law review.

Owners who do not desex and register their pets can be fined. 

An exemption must be granted to keep a ‘whole’ cat or dog.

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Registration requirements

It is compulsory for cats and dogs to be:

  1. Registered with Council from twelve (12) weeks of age; and
  2. Desexed before twenty-two (22) weeks of age

The animal registration period is from September 1 to August 31. See below heading link ‘Animal Registrations Fees 2016/17’

New residents to the region have a period of 14 days to register their pet. 

If the cat or dog has current registration with another local authority, free registration will be provided to the end of the current registration period, providing proof of current registration is supplied.

Registration options

Annual animal registrations are provided for all registered animals (dog & cats).

As an incentive to reduce registration fees, Council offers a three (3) year animal registration option for desexed dogs. The three (3) year option is available for your dog’s registration provided the following criteria is met:

  1. The Animal owner is approved for animal registration 'Concession' - refer Concession section; and
  2. The dog is desexed or a desexing voucher is submitted verifying the animal is due to be desexed (under 7 months old).

The option is not available for cats or whole dogs.

The three (3) year option is available to:

  • New animals being registered for the first time, provided they meet the above criteria, and pro-rata fees will apply; and
  • Existing animals meeting the above criteria - offered on the renewal notice.

Reciprocal or Refuge registrations are not eligible for the three (3) year registration option upon the initial registration, however, it will be offered on the annual renewal notice.

The three (3) year dog registration option is equivalent to paying for two (2) years registration fees and receiving the third year free.  The fee is calculated allowing all available discounts (including early payment discount and concession discount).

A registration certificate to verify the three (3) year registration period will be issued at the time of payment.

Please note a refund or transfer of registration fees will not be provided upon the death or relocation of an animal outside the Fraser Coast area. 

Why was 22 weeks of age chosen for desexing? 

Cats and dogs can generally be de-sexed between 5-and-a-half-months and 6-months of age, although this can vary according to breed and size.  Council will be guided by your vet’s advice on the most suitable age for your pet to be de-sexed.
 
The RSPCA advises that the “preferred” de-sexing age is a calculation, generally undertaken by a vet, which takes into account the animal’s weight and breed. More information is available on the RSPCA website 
 
Council allows flexibility and owners can choose the time of the desexing according to the individual animal.
 
Council will still register your animal, even though it is not desexed if:

  • You show the signed veterinarian certificate stating that desexing is likely to be a serious risk to the health of the animal, or;
  • You show a pre-paid voucher from your vet to show that your pet has been booked in for desexing. 

 This allows owners to time the procedure according to the animal’s age or to fit in with a vet’s appointment schedule.

 

How to register your cat or dog

For ‘New' animals:  Complete an application to register a cat/dog (PDF,99kB) and submit with payment to one of Council's Customer Service Centres or post to PO Box 1943, Hervey Bay Qld 4655.

A registration renewal notice will be issued prior to August 31 each year or as due for three (3) year registrations.

Early payment discounts may be available to eligible animal owners upon receipt of their renewal notice, if paid on or before the due date as shown on the account.

Important: A refund or transfer of registration fees will not be provided upon the death or relocation of an animal outside the Fraser Coast area.

Animal registration fees 2016/17

Cat Dog
Desexed cat $52 Desexed dog $57
Whole cat $125 Whole dog $125
Whole cat 8+ years $87.90 Whole dog 8+ years $87.90

Early payment of Renewal Notice offer*

Save $20
 
Early payment of Renewal Notice offer* Save $20
Concessional discount* Save $5 Concessional discount* Save $5

Please note - New animal registrations outside the renewal period are charged a pro-rata fee upon application.
*See below for further details on discounts. Discounts are subject to annual review.

A refund or transfer of registration fees will not be provided upon the death or relocation of an animal outside the Fraser Coast area.

Proof of age or a desexing ‘Sterilization Certificate' must be presented upon registering a "New" animal.

*Upon the issue of an animal renewal account, the discounts that may apply are:

  • Early payment - if paid on or before the due date (as shown on the account);
  • Concessional discount - Animal owners aged 60+ years (must provide proof of age upon application);
  • Concessional discount - Animal owners who hold an Australian Government issued Disability Pension Card, Carers Card or Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card (must complete a pension concession for animals form (PDF,373kB) along with proof of eligibility); 
  • The 'desexed' registration fee (a Sterilization Certificate’ must be present before payment or before the due date as shown on the annual renewal notice); or
  • Three (3) year registration - pay for two (2) years and receive the third year free (refer Registration options for eligibility requirements).

Important: A refund or transfer of registration fees will not be provided upon the death or relocation of an animal outside the Fraser Coast area.

How to register your guide/hearing or assistance, or working dog

Working Dogs

Working dogs are required to be registered with Council, and upon approval are exempt from registration fees. Approved Working dogs will receive a Council registration tag. Working dogs that are not approved will need to be registered as a domestic dog.

To be eligible to register a Working Dog with Council, the animal owner must meet the below definitions:
The definition in the Act states a Working dog – means a dog usually kept or proposed to be kept –

  1. On rural land; and
  2. by an owner who is a primary producer, or a person engaged or employed by a primary producer; and
  3. primarily for the purpose of droving –
    1. protecting, tending, or working stock; or
    2. being trained in droving, protecting, tending, or working stock; and
  4. does not include a class of dog prescribed under a regulation.

This could also include a person that does not own any stock but is primarily engaged in the business of working with stock.

Primary Producer - means a person primarily engaged in the occupation of a) dairy farmer; or wheat, maize, or cereal grower; or cane grower; or fruit grower; or grazier; or farmer, whether engaged in general or mixed farming, cotton, potato, or vegetable growing, or poultry or pig raising;  and  b) includes a person engaged in primary production.

To apply for a Working Dog complete an ‘Approval to keep a Working Dog’ application form(PDF,430kB)and submit to one of Council’s Customer Service Centres or post to PO Box 1942, Hervey Bay Qld 4655. 

Guide/Hearing or Assistance Dogs

Guide/Hearing or Assistance dogs are required to be registered with Council, and upon approval, are exempt from registration fees.  Approved Guide/Hearing or Assistance dogs will receive a Council registration tag.

To be eligible to register a Guide/Hearing or Assistance Dog with Council, the animal owner must have a State Government issued Identity Card. Animal owners will need to present this to Council upon registration.

To apply for a Guide/Hearing or Assistance Dog complete an Approval to keep a Guide/Hearing or Assistance Dog’ application form(PDF,430kB) and submit to one of Council’s Customer Service Centres or post to PO Box 1942, Hervey Bay Qld 4655. 

Overdue renewals

If your renewal account is overdue, you will need to contact Council to arrange payment.   If paying your overdue bill by electronic payment or at Australia Post, please note that the standard animal registration fees apply (i.e. the discounts are not applicable). Part payments and payment plans are not accepted.

On-the-spot fines can be issued for an unregistered animal. Further from 1 May, 2016 it will be mandatory for cats and dogs to be desexed if registration lapses.

Payment options

New animal registrations:
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or card at any of Council's Customer Service Centres or by posting a cheque or money order with the application form to PO Box 1943, Hervey Bay, Qld 4655.

Renewal registration accounts:
Payment options are shown on the renewal account.  Options for annual renewals include in person, credit card, mail, BPay and Post Billpay.  Reference number are provided on the notice.  

For payment of three (3) year registrations (for eligible pet owners only), please contact Customer Service on 1300 79 49 29.

Pay your renewal online using your credit card Please note Council accepts MasterCard and Visa cards only.

Changing your current animal registration details

It is an offence not to update your registration details with Council.  If you have recently desexed your cat or dog, changed your address or other personal details, or wish to cancel your registration please complete a Change of animal details form (PDF,161kB)and submit to one of Council's Customer Service Centres or post to PO Box 1943, Hervey Bay Qld 4655.

Please note for a desexing change, a ‘Sterilization Certificate' must be presented to Council to enable the registration details to be updated.

Contact us

If you would like more information, please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 79 49 29.