The keeping of animals in the Fraser Coast region is governed by the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and Council’s local laws.
From 1 July 2020, free registration is available for first time registrations only, no matter the age of the animal.
The animal registration period in 2020/21 will provide 14 months for the price of 12 and will be valid from 1 September 2020 to 31 October 2021. Annual renewal notices are provided for all registered animals no less than 28 days prior to expiry.
Council also has reciprocal registration programs for any dog currently registered with another municipal; please show proof of registration and your dog will receive registration from 1 July 20 to 31 October 2021.
A refund or transfer of registration fees will not be provided upon the death or relocation of an animal outside the Fraser Coast area.
It is compulsory for dogs to be:
- Registered with Council from twelve (12) weeks of age;
- Desexed before twenty-two (22) weeks of age;
- Implanted with a microchip before it is 12 weeks of age;
- Dogs are required to be registered with Council within 14 days of keeping the dog.
- It is compulsory for dogs to be registered at their ‘kept at address’.
Note: Council must be updated within 7 days of any changes to the animal registration details.
- It is also a requirement that any animal born after 10 December 2010, should be implanted with a PIID (microchip).
For ‘New' animals: Complete an Application to register a dog (PDF) and submit with payment 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, and include;
- In person;
- Credit card;
- Mail (cheque);
- Post Billpay;
Please quote the unique reference number for each animal payment as indicated on the notice.
Did you know you can make advanced payments on the following year’s registration using your B-pay billing reference number? Pay your renewal online using your credit card. Council accepts MasterCard and Visa cards only.
If your renewal account is overdue, you will need to contact Council to arrange full payment. Part payments and payment plans are not accepted. Your dog is not considered registered until full payment has been made for that current registration period.
On-the-spot fines may be issued for an unregistered animal.
Changing your current registration details
In accordance with section 54(3) of the Act, it is an offence not to update your registration details with Council within 7 days of change. If you have recently desexed your dog, changed your address or other personal details, or wish to cancel your registration please contact Council's Customer Service Centres on 1300 79 49 29.
Dogs Whole dog $120.00 Whole dog (concessional fee) $105.00 Whole dog 8+ years $60.00 Whole dog 8+ years (concessional fee) $52.50 Desexed dog $45.00 Desexed dog (concessional fee) $30.00 Reciprocal registration $0.00 Regulated dog (menacing) $352.00 Regulated dog (dangerous) $599.00
The concessional will apply to animal owners who hold a:
- Queensland Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink;
- Queensland Repatriation Health Card – For All Conditions (Gold Card), or;
- Veterans Affairs Service Card (Gold Card)
To apply for concession, please complete and submit the Application for pension concession on animal registration form.
Note: Reciprocal registration to be in line with Fraser Coast Regional Council current registration period.
Proof of age or a desexing ‘Sterilization Certificate' must be presented upon registering a "New" animal.
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 or the certification from licence mental health professional. To qualify your dog as an Emotional Support Animal (ESA), your dog must undergo a Public Access Test (PAT). You will need to provide a copy of your ESA letter to Council at time of 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 this with your ESA letter to one of Council’s Customer Service Centres or post to PO Box 1943, Hervey Bay Qld 4655.
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. If you have not applied for a working dog application your animal is considered to be a domestic dog and requires registration, microchipping and desexing within 14 days.
When application for a working dog is refused on the basis it doesn’t meet the criteria of a working dog, you will be required to registered as a domestic dog as above.
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 –
- On rural land; and
- by an owner who is a primary producer, or a person engaged or employed by a primary producer; and
- primarily for the purpose of droving –protecting, tending, or working stock; or
- being trained in droving, protecting, tending, or working stock; and
- 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.
If you would like more information, please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 79 49 29.