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Understanding the Discounted Fee Categories

Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, pet owners are eligible for discounted annual registration fees under certain conditions. This page explains the options pet owners have to be entitled for this reduction.

Please note that you may be required to provide further documentation to Council prior to a reduced rate being applied.

Desexed Cats or Dogs

You are entitled to discounted registration if your dog or cat has been desexed.

If you animal is already registered with Council and has been desexed during the current registration period, the reduced rate will apply from 10 April the following registration period. Please provide Council with a copy of your pet's desexing certificate prior to April 10 so we can apply the lower fee.

Cats or Dogs over 10 years old

You are entitled to discounted registration if your dog or cat is over 10 years old.

Applicable Organisations

If you are a current member of an applicable organisation, you are entitled to a reduction of your registration fees.

The Minister for Agriculture may declare certain organisations to be 'applicable organisations'. Such organisations produce an annual report and have a code of ethics that requires responsible pet ownership in compliance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and its related codes of practice. It is expected that the organisation will take disciplinary action against members who do not comply with the organisation's code. This recognition also means that they are an organisation with high standards of responsible pet ownership to whom the community can look to when buying a pet or when seeking advice on care of a pet.

The Victorian Applicable Organisations are:

  • Feline Control Council (Victoria) Inc.
  • The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc.
  • Dogs Victoria (formerly ‘Victorian Canine Association Inc.’)
  • Greyhound Racing Victoria
  • Australian National Cats Inc. (formerly 'Waratah National Cat Alliance')
  • Cats Victoria Inc.

Members of Applicable Organisations are exempt under s10B of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 from any desexing Orders made by Council under s10A of the Act.

To receive the reduced fee, please provide current documentation at the time of registering your pet as proof.

Kept for breeding at a licensed premises

If you are currently registered with Council as a Domestic Animal Business for the purposes of breeding dogs and/or cats, you will be entitled to a reduced fee on your registrations.

A "domestic animal business" means:

(A) an animal shelter, Council pound or pet shop; or

(B) an enterprise that is run for profit which carries out all or any of the following activities -

(i) the breeding of dogs or cats, where:
(a) the enterprise has more than 10 fertile female animals of either or both species; or
(b) the enterprise has less than 10 fertile female animals but the owner is not a member of an applicable organisation; or

(ii) the rearing, training or boarding of dogs or cats;

If you have more than 2 dogs or cats, please make sure that you hold a current permit under Council's General Provisions Local Law. Find out how to apply for a permit to keep more that 2 dogs or cats.

Farm Working Dogs

If you have a dog that is kept on rural land by a primary producer or a person employed by a primary producer and is primarily kept or trained for the purpose of droving, protecting, tending, or working stock on a farm, you may be eligible for a discounted rate of registration. Please contact the Community Laws department of Council on 9298 8000 to discuss eligibility for a Farm Working Dog registration.

A primary producer is defined as someone whose primary source of income is generated from primary production as per the land tax definition, specifically in relation to animal production.

Dog Training

Dogs who have successfully completed obedience training that complies with the Domestic Animals Regulations 2015 are entitled to reduced registration.

Approved training can be an assessment program administered by the Victorian Canine Association Inc. (Dogs Victoria) which results in the award of an obedience title recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council Ltd;

or

An obedience training certificate obtained from an Approved Training Organisation. This training program must be conducted by a qualified dog trainer who is a member of an approved organization.

Currently, the organisations whose dog obedience assessment programs are approved under the Domestic Animals Regulations 2015 are:

  • Australian Association of Gentle Modern Dog Training Instructors.
  • Dogs Victoria formerly ‘Victorian Canine Association Inc’.
  • Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers Inc.
  • Four Paws K9 Training.

Dogs that have undergone an assessment program administered by the above and have been issued with the official 'Dog Obedience Certificate' or a certificate of obedience that are recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council are eligible for the reduced registration fee in the Schedule to the Act.

Assessment Criteria

There are four areas where the handler and dog must achieve a pass to score an overall pass under this section:

1. Heeling or walking the dog


Dogs to walk either at heel or at less on a loose lead. This exercise must incorporate a minimum of three sit exercises. Handler must display reasonable control of the dog when walked, that is dog not to be pulling on a tight leash or jumping up on the handler, but be happy to follow the handler’s commands or change of direction.

2. Sociability test


This is a two part assessment where the dog is required to display no aggression towards dogs or people. It is to be conducted on a relaxed lead and under reasonable control.

3. Stay test


In this test the dog must remain in a Sit Stay position for one minute. The minimum distance the dog must be away from the handler is two metres. The leash may be attached.

4. Recall test


In this test the dog is to return to the handler on command from the required distance. The handler may use hand signals, multiple commands, whistle and any encouragement necessary to secure the return of the dog. The leash may be removed for this test.

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