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:

  • be registered by the time they are 12 weeks old
  • have their registration transferred within 14 days of moving to the Rockhampton Region.

Lodge your application with the appropriate registration fee by:

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.

Fines apply for if your dog is not registered and if the registration details are not up to date.

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, 2MB).

Working dogs

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?
Primary producer
(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;
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.

Registration fees

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


Entire dog (Pension Card holder)




Desexed dog


Desexed dog (Pension Card holder)

(Current registration period only)


Desexed and microchipped dog


Desexed and microchipped dog (Pension Card holder)

(Current registration period only)



Council conducts regular systematic inspections throughout the Region particularly targeting those with outstanding dog registration.

Registration pro rata and refunds

Pro rata
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:

Pension Concession
Council will refund the difference between the full registration and pension concession fees, if the owner becomes an approved government pensioner during the registration period. The owner, must provide proof of concession entitlement.

Desexed dog
Council will refund the difference between the entire and desexed fees, if the dog is desexed during the registration period. The owner, must provide proof of desexing.

Council will also refund the difference between the desexed and desexed and microchipped fees, if the desexed dog is microchipped during the registration period. The owner must provide microchip details.

Microchipped dog
Council will refund the difference between the entire and desexed and microchipped fees, if the dog is microchipped during the registration period, but only if the dog is also desexed. The owner must provide proof of desexing and microchipping.

Deceased dog
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, statutory declaration or surrenders the registration tag. Alternatively the owner may transfer the remaining registration to a new dog.

Relocated dogs
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.


Adopted Animals
All dogs transferred to rehoming organisations are provided with free registration to the end of the current registration period.