In accordance with the Animal Management Cats and Dogs Act 2008(PDF, 783KB) dogs in the Rockhampton Region must be registered(PDF, 2MB). Cats do not require registration.
Queensland legislation requires dogs to:
Fines apply for if your dog is not registered and if the registration details are not up to date.
Your pet must wear its registration tag at all times. Check the tag regularly and replace it if damaged, so if your pet becomes lost, Council can promptly identify it and return your pet to you.
Dog registrations are valid for 12 months from 1 September and must be renewed each year.
Update your dog registration details
Dog owners will receive a renewal notice in the mail. If your mailing address or any other details have changed please ensure your submit a Dog Registration Amendment Form(PDF, 177KB).
Owners of working dogs are exempt from registration. Dogs that do not meet the working dog criteria must be registered.
Under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 a working dog means:
(a) A dog usually kept or proposed to be kept –
(i) On rural land; and
(ii) By an owner who is a primary producer, or a person engaged or employed by a primary producer; and
(iii) Primarily for the purpose of;
(a) Droving, protecting, tending or working stock; or
(b) Being trained in droving, protecting, tendering or working stock; and
(b) Does not include a class of dog prescribed under a regulation.
Is your dog usually kept or proposed to be kept on rural land?
Rural land means land used for grazing stock or cultivating crops on a commercial basis
Are you, the owner of the dog, a primary producer or a person engaged or employed by a primary producer for the purpose of droving, protecting, tending or working stock?
(a) means a person primarily engaged in the occupation of a—
(i) dairy farmer;
(ii) wheat, maize, or cereal grower;
(iii) cane grower;
(iv) fruit grower;
(vi) 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.
Stock means alpacas, asses, buffaloes, camels, cattle, deer, donkeys, goats, horses, llamas, mules, sheep or vicunas.
If you answered yes to the Rural Land and Primary Producer questions and your dog is not regulated dangerous or menacing by Council, your dog qualifies as a working dog and is exempt from registration with Rockhampton Regional Council.
The registration fees will depend on whether your pet is entire or desexed, and microchipped. There are substantial discounts on registration fees for dogs that are desexed and microchipped, and also for pension concession holders.
Entire dog (Pension Card holder)
Desexed dog (Pension Card holder)
Desexed and microchipped dog
Desexed and microchipped dog (Pension Card holder)
Council conducts regular systematic inspections throughout the Region particularly targeting those with outstanding dog registration.
Registration pro rata and refunds
Council will pro rata first year registrations so new dog registrations received from 1 March to 31 August pay only 50% of the annual fee.
Refunds are only payable to the person who paid the dog registration. For claims received between 1 September and 28 February, Council will refund the following:
Council will refund the difference between the full registration and pension concession fees, if the owner becomes an approved government pensioner.
Council will refund the difference between the entire and desexed fees, if the owner provides a desexing certificate or vet's letter.
Council will refund 50% of the registration fees paid for deceased dogs, if the owner provides adequate proof such as a euthanasia certificate, vet’s letter or surrenders the registration tag. Alternatively the owner may transfer the remaining registration to a new dog.
Council will refund 50% of the registration fees paid for missing or stolen dogs, if the owner provides a police report. Please note the dog will be unregistered if it is returned to the owner.
Council does not refund for the relocation of dogs outside of the Rockhampton Region, but the owner may be eligible for reciprocal registration in their new local government area.
All dogs transferred to rehoming organisations are provided with free registration to the end of the current registration period.