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Our Shire

Cardinia Shire is diverse. From the hills to the plains, we have a rich range of natural and built environments and communities.

Cardinia shire comprises 1,280 square kilometres of land and is situated 50 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. With a population of more than 80,000 people, we are one of the fastest growing Victorian municipalities. The Shire is one of eight ‘interface Councils’ forming the perimeter of metropolitan Melbourne and providing a transition between urban and rural areas.

Cardinia Shire Council has a huge responsibility to manage urban growth and support its diverse communities. Council embraces this challenge and responsibility. We are working to balance the needs and requirements of our 27 rural communities as well as the urban growth corridor of Beaconsfield, Officer and Pakenham.

By working together, Council and the community will build healthy strong and connected townships. This includes families with children and young adults, through farmers and business owners to older members of our community.

Council will promote access to housing, education, transport, employment and health services to meet the growing needs of the whole Cardinia community in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.


This plan has been developed to ensure Council meets its obligations under the provisions of Domestic Animals Act in relation to Domestic Animal Management Plans.

The plan sets out a method for evaluating whether the animal control services provided by Cardinia Shire Council is adequate to give effect to the requirements of the Act and the regulations; and outline programs for the training of authorised officers to ensure that they can properly administer and enforce the requirements of the Act in Cardinia Shire Council.

Such programs, services and strategies will promote and encourage the responsible ownership of dogs and cats and ensure that people comply with the Act, regulations and Local Law. Through education and services this will minimise the risk of attacks by dogs on people and animals and address any over-population of dogs and cats, encourage the registration and identification and minimise the potential for dogs and cats to cause a nuisance.

Identify all declared dangerous dogs, declared menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs within Cardinia Shire Council and to ensure that those dogs are kept in compliance with the Act and regulations.

Mission statement

To encourage and facilitate responsible pet ownership through education and innovative strategies that allows people and pets to integrate safely and harmoniously within Cardinia Shire.

Consultation process

The plan was developed in consultation with Cardinia Shire Councillors, Cardinia Shire Senior Management Team, Manager Compliance Services, Coordinator Compliance Services, Compliance Services Team, Cardinia community, Boarding Establishments and Pet Businesses.

A responsible animal management survey was distributed at each annual Pet Expo and completed by more than 300 persons. The information gathered reinforced that all actions listed in the Plan were reflecting the concerns of the community.


The table below denotes reviews the outcome for the actions in the DAMP 2008–12.


Program/service initiative




Conduct Animal Management Officer Training.

Arrange attendance at all Bureau of Animal Welfare Training Seminars.

Animal management handling and training.

Training programs with other Councils.

All staff attended Bureau of Animal welfare Training Sessions including, additional specific animal training programs.

Training provided by local dog training organisation which included dog and cat handling using live animals.


Promote and Encourage responsible Pet Ownership.

Distribute pet brochures throughout Cardinia. Introduce dog off-leash areas. Display pet educational material at Cardinia Civic Centre and maintain and update information on Council’s website. Encourage re-housing practices, where pet owners are unable to care for their pet. Enforce Council Local Laws that require all cats over 3 months of age to be de-sexed.

Brochures have been produced and distributed from Civic Centre and annual Pet Expo.

Information listed on Council’s website.

Extensive media releases during life of Plan.

Agreement with Lost Dogs Home to rehouse all unclaimed pets where possible.


Ensure compliance with Act and Regulations.

Conduct an annual doorknock to identify and register all dogs and cats. Provide 24 hour 7 day per week response service. Enforce microchip requirements for all new pet registrations. Monitor compliance of dogs on leash in public areas.

Doorknocks have been conducted each year to identify unregistered dogs and cats.

After hours service has continued dealing with all pet related issues.

Council will only accept dog and cat registrations that show proof of micro chipping.

All off leash parks are regularly patrolled with no incidents reported to date at any off leash location.


Minimise the risk of dog attacks.

Monitor and review dog off-leash areas. Conduct regular patrols of all council parks and reserves.

Ensure properties have suitable fencing to securely contain dogs.

All off leash parks have been regularly checked by staff. Since introduction of leash free areas there have been no reports of any animal behavioural issue sat off leash parks.

Notices have been issued to properties for failing to provide adequate fencing to secure dogs.


Address over population and high euthanasia of dogs and cats.

Encourage re-housing and adoption of unwanted dogs and cats. Hire of cat cages for trapping of feral cats.

Cat traps are readily available for hire. Unclaimed dogs and cats that pass assessments have been rehoused.


Encourage the registration and identification of dogs and cats.

Annual mail out of dog/cat registration renewal forms. Mail out reminder notices for unpaid animal registrations.

Registration renewal forms sent out mid-February each year.

Final Reminder notices sent out mid-May each year.

Regular media releases encouraging pet registration, web site notice referring to pet registration.


Minimise the potential for dogs and cats to create a nuisance.

Encourage the use of cat enclosures. Hire of anti-barking collars. Pet owners to carry dog tidy bags when walking dogs.

In cases of cat wandering issues officers have promoted the installation of cat enclosures.

Letter box drops of brochures for reports of wandering cats. Cat cage hire available.

Anti-barking collars readily available for hire.


Dangerous Dogs, Menacing Dogs and Restricted Breed Dogs.

Programmed inspections of registered properties housing Restricted, Declared or Menacing Dogs. Ensure information is readily available that clearly outlines restrictions for the above dogs.

All properties housing RBDs, Dangerous/Menacing dogs are audited. Inspections carried out on registered American Staffs, all new registration applications for American Staff/ Staffs are inspected prior to registration approval.


Review existing orders made under the Act and Local Laws.

Restrict the number of dogs and cats permitted on a property without a permit. Review of dog off-leash zones.

2 dogs and 2 cats permitted, an excess animal permit is available to residents to keep more than above providing relevant conditions are accepted with appropriate housing

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