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Changes to the Act

On 6 July 2016 the Dog and Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2015 was passed in Parliament.

The main changes to the Act:

  • Microchipping – introducing the requirement for all dogs and cats over a certain age to be microchipped.
  • Desexing - introducing the requirement for all new generations of dogs and cats to be desexed
  • Breeders – introducing a requirement for anyone who breeds dogs and cats for sale to register as a breeder.
  • Sellers – introducing a requirement for certain information to be provided to the buyer.
  • Council Powers – councils to have greater powers to administer and enforce the Act including increases in some expiations and penalties.
  • Assistance Dogs – changes to who can accredit animals.

Next steps

Now the Bill has passed, work on the regulations has commenced and a draft regulations package is now open for public consultation.

The Regulations include all the information about when these provisions need to be undertaken, the age at which dogs and cats will need to be microchipped and desexed and more details about exemptions etc.

Once completed, the new regulations will be phased in.

Amendments to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995  FAQ's


On Sunday 19th April 2015 the Hon. Ian Hunter, Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation announced that a draft bill containing proposed legislative amendments to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 had been developed.

The amendments contained joint recommendations of the Dog and Cat Management Board, Local Government Association, Select Committee for Dogs and Cats as Companion Animals and the Government’s election commitments outlined in Let’s Keep Building South Australia.

The aims of the proposed changes were to improve dog and cat management and welfare in South Australia and improve the consistency of legislation across a number of Local Government Acts.

The draft Bill the Dog and Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2015 contained a number of amendments including the following:

  • Mandatory microchipping of dogs and cats.
  • A requirement for anyone who breeds dogs and cats for sale to be registered.
  • Extended powers for council Authorised Persons to manage cats
  • Increased penalties for people who allow their dog to wander or attack.

In response to the comments from the public consultation on the Bill, the Government established a Citizens’ Jury to explore ways to reduce the 10,000 unwanted dogs and cats being euthanized each year in South Australia and to investigate if mandatory desexing would provide a solution.

In October Minister Hunter provided the Governments’ response to the Jury’s recommendations and announced that mandatory desexing would be incorporated into the draft Bill.

On the 18 November 2015 the Dog and Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2015 was introduced by Minister Hunter into Parliament.