Close search

Search the handbook

  • 05 Community – taking care at home, on the road and online
  • Dogs, Cats and Animal Control
handbook symbol Tasmanian Legal

Dogs, Cats and Animal Control

This chapter provides information concerning animal care, wildlife and injuries caused by other animals as well as detailing the contacts and resources available to people in Tasmania.

Introduction to Animal Care

A person who has the care or charge of an animal has a duty to take all reasonable measures to ensure the welfare of the animal. (s6, Animal Welfare Act). If an animal is injured, the owner may be able to claim compensation. It is also possible to bring a criminal prosecution against a wrongdoer,...


Your Responsibilities as a Dog Owner You must register your dog (s8, Dog Control Act). The penalty is a fine of up to 5 penalty units. All dog owners are required to microchip a dog over the age of 6 months (s15A); the general manager of the local council can order microchip implantation if the ...


The Cat Management Act 2009 and Cat Management Regulations 2022 have imposed conditions on cat owners in an attempt to deal with the problems of feral cats, and to encourage responsible ownership. Cats are classified by the Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) ...

Birds, Domestic Fowl and Livestock

Some native birds, such as the sulphur crested cockatoo, may be kept as pets without the need for a permit, others are totally protected or may only be obtained from a licensed dealer or permit holder. The Local Government Act 1993 allows local councils to make by-laws to regulate health and e...


The Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2021 issued under the Nature Conservation Act 2002  regulate the taking and possession of wildlife. It is an offence for a person to buy, sell or possess any wildlife taken contrary to the regulations. The regulations provide for permits and licen...

Injuries Caused by Other Animals

In Public Places The common law divides all animals into two categories. The first category includes all animals and birds which, by habit or training, live in association with man, for example, cats and all common farm animals. The second category includes all remaining animals, and the law dee...

Contacts and Resources

Animal management is part of local council responsibilities. The Hobart City Council provides comprehensive information on dogs. You can also visit The Dogs Home website for information on adopting dogs, and care available for dogs. The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasman...

Page last updated 19/03/2018

Previous Section Community Organisations
Next Section Guardianship and Administration for Adults