Why does Council have a Domestic Animal Management Plan?

    The Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires all councils to develop a Plan and to review this plan yearly. Domestic Animal Management Plans focus on cats and dogs specifically, and outlines the key issues, objectives and priorities for how these will be managed.

    What are the benefits of pet ownership?

    There is a wealth of research that points to the benefits of pet ownership. A four legged friend can provide hours of fun, relaxation, happiness and unconditional love. 

    Pets also improve psychosocial wellbeing. Studies show family pets actually help in facilitating child development, reducing loneliness and depression and facilitating social support and interaction with other humans. They can also provide stress relief, boost self-esteem and improve health and wellbeing.

    Council’s desexing and registration schemes

    Dogs that have passed an approved obedience training program are eligible for free registration for the next full year, with a 50 per cent reduction off the standard reduced fee for subsequent years (conditions apply).

     What do I need to do to qualify for the scheme?

    The following must be met in order to meet the criteria for the scheme:

    1.  Your dog must have successfully completed an approved obedience program.

    2.  The obedience program must be conducted by a suitably qualified trainer who is a member of an approved training organisation.

    3.  You must provide Council with a copy of the completion certificate from the approved training organisation. The certificate must state that the course undertaken complies with Regulation 49 of the Domestic Animals Regulations 2005.

    4.  Your dog must also be desexed or be eligible for at least one other reduced fee criteria.


    Other criteria for reduced fees are:

    1.  dogs more than 10 years old

    2.  desexed dogs

    3.  dogs kept for working stock

    4.  dogs kept for breeding at a domestic animal business conducted on registered premises

    5. membership with Dogs Victoria.

    What animal management services do Council provide?

    • Process new animal registration applications / renewals
    • Process Domestic Animal Business applications and annual inspections
    • Investigate complaints relating to Poultry
    • Process permit applications for excess Poultry, birds, dogs and cats on property
    • Investigate dog attack and dog rush reports
    • Investigate barking dog complaints
    • Investigate nuisance dog and cat reports
    • Investigate dog faeces reports
    • Investigate dog off leash complaints
    • Proactive park patrols for educating dog walking community
    • Cat trapping service

    How is my personal information managed?

    • Glen Eira City Council (Council) is committed to protecting the personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) (PDP Act).
    • Personal information is collected by Council only for the purpose of Council’s functions set out in the Local Government Act  2020. Specifically, personal information is collected for the intended purpose only and for remaining in contact with you. In certain circumstances, we may disclose information about you where permitted or authorised under the PDP Act or other applicable law.
    • Your contact details are not made public as part of the submission process. You may make your submission anonymously. Council will still review your submission. However, Council will be unable to contact you if it needs to verify details in your submission. 
    • Submitters should note that all submissions received (including any personal information contained therein) may be made public unless you request that it is not be made public or Council considers it should not be made public. That will usually only occur for reasons associated with fairness. Submissions that are made public may include redactions made that Council considers appropriate.
    • Submissions may be included within the official Council agenda and minutes, which are permanent public documents available on Council’s website. 
    • If you would like to know more about privacy at Council, including your right to seek access to your personal information, contact Council’s privacy officer on 9524 3333. Council’s Privacy Policy is available here.
    • All Council records, including submissions, are subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.