Animals and Pets



State and territory governments are responsible for animal welfare and related laws while local governments manage domestic or companion animals.

If you have a pet, you are responsible for looking after it properly, including feeding it and keeping it clean. You will also need to clean up its waste. Many pets need to be vaccinated regularly and treated by a vet when they are sick or injured. Having household pets de-sexed and micro-chipped is expected and may be required by law. This is the owner’s responsibility. For more information ask your local vet or the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) at www.rspca.org.au

Some household pets must be registered with the local council. There may also be limits on the numbers and types of pets you can keep, and rules about where and how you can keep them. Many rental properties do not allow pets.

If you can no longer take care of your pet, you must not abandon it or release it. Ask friends or neighbours if they can adopt it, advertise it on a pet adoption website or ask your vet for assistance or advice.

If you have questions about keeping animals or animal welfare, go to www.agriculture.gov.au/animal/welfare/state or ask your vet.

See also Chapter 6, Australian Law.

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