The department will be closed from Wednesday 27 December 2023 to Monday 1 January 2024. We will respond to queries in the New Year. Best wishes for a safe and happy festive season.
The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Act 2021 (SPF
Act) was passed by the Parliament of Western Australia in December 2021.
Although changes to the Dog Act 1976 (Dog Act) and Cat Act 2011 (Cat Act) have now passed through Parliament, many of the provisions require further work, in consultation with
stakeholders before they take effect.
This fact sheet outlines the changes to the legislation and whether these changes have commenced.
Greyhounds are still required to be kept on leads in public places.
Status: commenced on 23 December 2021
Dogs must be sterilised by the age of 2 years, unless they are exempt.
Status: not yet commenced
A dog owner will need to obtain an approval to breed if:
A local government will be able to refuse (or cancel) an application on the grounds that the applicant:
A local government will be able to attach conditions to the ‘approval to breed.’
An approval to breed may be cancelled by the local government if the person:
Pet shops selling dogs will need to obtain a ‘pet shop approval’ from their local government.
Local governments will only be able to refuse, or cancel, an application on grounds set out in the legislation.
Approved pet shops will only be able to supply dogs sourced from a refuge organisation or dog management facility that has obtained a ‘dog supply approval’ from the State Government.
The State Government will only be able to refuse, or cancel, a ‘dog supply approval’ application from refuges and dog management facilities on grounds set out in the legislation.
Sections 44, 49 and 62 of the SPF Act, which provide for the establishment of a centralised registration system (CRS) and the migration of data from current local government dog and cat registers relating to the Dog Act and Cat Act commenced.
Status: commenced on 27 August 2022
The commencement of the other provisions related to the operation of the centralised registration system will require the development of regulations, in consultation with stakeholders.
The State Government will acquire and maintain the CRS.
Cat and dog owners will be able to apply to register these pets, supply documentation and make payment online. Local governments will approve the applications online and confirm the registration. Some people may still wish to do this by visiting their
local government in person.
Status: Not yet commenced
Local governments will have additional investigative and enforcement powers under the Dog Act including:
This information is correct at June 2023.
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