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Electronic Dog Collars and The Law in Australia

The use of Electronic Dog Collars in Australia is governed by various State and Territory Laws. Before purchasing or using them it is important to know whether it is Legal in your State or Territory to use Electronic Dog Collars.  

The following list is an overview of whether it is legal to use Electronic Dog Collars in the Australian States and Territories, and has been sourced from the RSPCA.

Please be advised this is only general information and should not be taken as legal advice. If you are unsure or have any concerns or questions regarding the use of Electronic Dog Collars in your state please contact your Local or State Government for specific Legislation details.  

State Yes/No Name of relevant act/special conditions and requirements
ACT No Animal Welfare Act
NSW No Section 16 of the Act, Section 13 and Schedule 1 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (General) Regulation 1996 and Schedule 1 make the use of electric dog collars illegal. One exception to this rule is electric collars associated with canine invisible boundaries. These are not illegal provided the canine invisible boundary is used to confine dogs, but only used inside a fence through which dogs cannot pass and that is not less than 1.5 metres high.
NT No Animal Welfare Act
QLD Yes
SA No Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act Regulations
TAS Yes Animal Welfare Act 1993 (As long as there is no pain to the animal)
VIC Yes Subject to exemptions under Reg 7E(2)
Permitted under prescribed circumstances. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 1997 (Reg 7E(2)). See www.dpi.vic.gov.au/animalwelfare for details.

 

WA Yes Animal Welfare (General ) Regulations 2003

Further information, the acts and legislation for each State and Territory, as well as links to animal welfare departments and information can be found on the Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website

Please be advised that all Electronic Dog Collars have been designed to be used in a specific way according to the manufacturer’s directions. Please ensure that when using the devices you read all instructions and information thoroughly and always comply with the recommendations.

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