Animals can be a great addition to a family, but there are certain responsibilities that come with ownership. The Weipa Town Authority's Local Laws and the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 (The Act) promote responsible pet ownership.
We take the responsibility for the management of animals under these Acts very seriously, in the interest of safety for the community and visitors.
Being a responsible dog owner
To be a responsible pet owner, you are required to comply with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and Weipa’s Local Laws. You can do this by:
- Registering your animal/s at twelve (12) weeks of age.
- Microchipping your animal/s before 12 weeks of age. You are not permitted to sell or give away any cat or dog, born after July 2008, unless it’s been microchipped.
- You are required to prevent all animal related nuisance.
- Always walk your animal/s on a lead.
- Keep your animals under effective control at all times. (you cannot tether your animal and leave it unattended)
- Pick up after your animal/s in both public spaces and your property.
- Provide adequate fencing to house the prescribed animal/s to your land specifically:
- Construct an enclosure to prevent your animal/s escaping under, over or through that enclosure.
- Is built of material so that the animal is unable to push, knock or pull the enclosure over to escape.
- Consideration should be given to the size, breed and temperament of your animal/s when building an enclosure.
If you are found to be in breach of the Act or Weipa’s Local Laws, you may be issued a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN).
Dog Breeding Regulation
From May 26th 2017, the QLD Government has introduced new laws to promote responsible dog breeding.
Anyone who breeds a dog either commercially or privately will need to go to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) website and complete a breeder registration form.
The owner will get a supply number which stays with the dog for its life, so that any time it is sold or given away that supply number is given to its new owners. The supply number must also be displayed with any advertisement of puppies.
The new rules are due to the Protecting Puppies legislation, which came into force on 26th May and will apply to all dogs born on or after 26 May 2017, whose details will be held on the Queensland Dog Breeder Register.
The new laws will apply to regular and occasional breeders (including backyard litters) – with the specific exceptions for some working dogs.
Registering for a supply number is free. Breeders will need to log their details on the new Queensland Dog Breeder Register within 28 days of their puppies being born.
Anyone with a dog that has a litter should visit www.qdbr.daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23 to register, even if it is an accidental litter and they intend to give the dogs away.
For more information see the WTA fact sheet- QLD Dog Breeder Registration.
All dogs must be registered with Weipa Town Authority by the time they are twelve (12) weeks of age. By registering animals, owners ensure animals are easily identified when they are lost or have inadvertently escaped their property. Registrations are due by the 1st of May each year, with discounts being offered to:
- Puppies for the first year, until the next registration period (free registration).
- Owners whose animals are de-sexed.
- Pensioners whose dogs are de-sexed.
- Reciprocal registration. Owners who have recently moved to Weipa can transfer current dog registrations from other councils to WTA for free. This registration must be must transferred within 14 days of moving to Weipa.
The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 (The Act) requires all cats and dogs to be microchipped before 12 weeks of age. This requirement came into effect in Queensland on July 2008, and allows owners to be reunited with their dogs or cat if they become separated.
There are three cases when microchipping your cat or dog is mandatory:
- if a cat or dog was born after July 2008.
- if a cat or dog, born after July 2008, is being sold or given away.
- if a dog is a declared regulated dog.
Failure to do so may result in a Penalty Infringement Notice.
It is the responsibility of the owner, whether they are the current owner trying to sell or give the animal away, or the new owner acquiring the animal, to ensure the animal is microchipped.
Currently in Weipa, the following organisation provides a microchipping service.
Please contact them directly for further information and prices.
• Tableland Veterinary Service – 07 4069 7460
For printable information on microchipping, please see the Fact Sheet on Microchipping Your Pet.
The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 states that regulated dogs fall into three categories. Dogs declared a Regulated Dog must comply with stricter requirements under the Act.
The following three categories are defined as regulated dogs:
In Australia, five specific breeds have been identified as ‘restricted’, as they are considered higher risk to the community’s safety more so than other breeds. These breeds are required to be regulated under the Customs Regulations 1956 of the Commonwealth.
The following dog breeds are restricted;
- American Pit Bull Terrior (or Pit Bull Terrier)
- Fila Brasileiro
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Perro de Presa Canario (or Presa Canario)
Of these breeds, the Pitbull and the Perro de Presa are the breeds that are currently in Australia. Dogs displaying physical characters of these breeds are to be registered with WTA as ‘restricted’. There are certain requirements to hold a restricted permit.
For more information regarding these conditions, go to part 2 of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Regulations 2009.
Dangerous and Menacing Dogs
The Weipa Town Authority, in accordance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 (The Act), may after an investigation impose a proposal to declare a dog or dog/s dangerous or menacing pursuant to section 94 of The Act. Owners of dogs/s which are subjected to a declaration are required to comply with very strict requirements under The Act. These requirements are enforced by the WTA. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in Compliance Notices, and/or a Penalty Infringement Notice (PINS), and/or the seizure and destruction of your animal/s.
For information about regulated dog requirements including how to make application to relocate a regulated dog to Weipa and associated fees, please contact WTA on 07 4030 9400.
Issues, concerns and complaints
If you have any issues, concerns or complaints about animals, we encourage you to talk to your neighbours first about the problem, before making a complaint. If this isn’t possible or practical, please contact WTA on 07 4030 9400 during office hours (8.30-4.00pm Monday to Friday).
For afterhours dog attack complaints please contact the WTA on 0429 406 998.
If you require information regarding the following, please contact the Weipa Town Authority on 4030 9400.
- The keeping of livestock (poultry, horse, goats etc.)
- The keeping of multiple animals
- Registration of cats
For more information on animal management in Weipa please go to the Weipa Town Authority Website www.weipatownauthority.com.au
WTA regulates a number of Local Laws and Policies relating to animal management. You can find out more about these by clicking on the links below:
- Local Law No. 6 – Keeping and control of animals
- Local Law Policy No. 6 – Keeping and control of animals
- Local Law No.7 – Impounding of animals
Animal Management Plan
Weipa Town Authority has developed an Animal Management Plan for 2016 to 2018. The plan reflects feedback of areas deemed most important and includes an action plan for the next 3 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please see our Animal Management Frequently Asked Questions here.