Coronavirus COVID-19 information - Important Updates

Southern Mallee District Council is closed due to the SA Government COVID-19 state-wide 6 day lockdown.

This closure is effective from 12.01am today and is expected to last until at least 9am, Wednesday, 25 November.

Council will review the closure in line with the most up to date advice from the SA Government and SA Health.

Council will be maintaining core essential services including Community Wastewater Management Systems (CWMS), kerbside waste collection, and field services response crews for reply to urgent issues.

General and non-urgent inquiries will be dealt with once Council reopens.

For an emergency within;

Infrastructure services, telephone 0428 891 116

Public health, animal management, or property, telephone 0427 889 418

Thank you for all working hard to keep our community safe.

Click here for COVID-19 information.

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Dog & Cat Control

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The Southern Mallee District Council administers the Dog & Cat Management Act 1995 as amended.

Lost Dogs

Dog imageIf you have lost your dog, it is important to act immediately by logging onto Dogs and Cats Online and marking it as lost. If you do not have access to the internet phone Council on telephone (08) 8577 8002 and we can assist. When reporting a lost dog include its name, sex, breed, colour, age and size and any other identifiable features. Also include if it is wearing a collar and ID or is microchipped. It is a good idea to have a colour picture of your dog or cat uploaded on the Dogs & Cats Online database.

Found Dogs

If you find a dog, phone the Council immediately on (08) 8577 8002. Some animals may require daily medication, or may bite out of fear. Some animals may even carry communicable diseases that could put your family and your pets at risk. If the dog is wearing a tag you will be able to enter the tag number onto Dogs and Cats Online and you will be provided with the Council of which it is registered to contact or if the owner has already marked the dog as lost they can also choose to make their contact details available to the public.

Impounded Dogs

All dogs impounded by Council without identification are placed on this page, Council’s Facebook page and posters are displayed at each of the Council Offices. If you have lost your dog, it is recommended that you check Council’s Facebook site (click here to visit site) and also contact Council’s Animal Management Officers on (08) 8577 8002 as soon as possible.

Dogs impounded by Council are released on payment of all fees and charges relating to the impounding of the dog (pursuant to Section 62 of the Dog & Cat Management Act, 1995).

Should you require further information please contact one of our helpful Customer Service Team on (08) 8577 8002.

Council currently has the following dogs impounded:


Dog Registrations

From 1 July 2018 Dogs and Cats Online replaced 68 individual Council dog registers and serves as a single online database that is accessible 24/7 for registration, microchipping and breeder information.

Dog registration is mandatory in South Australia. If you obtain a dog older than three months of age, then you have 14 days in which to register the dog. It doesn't matter at what time of year your first registration is done.

The registered owner of a dog must be over 16 years of age.

What is Dogs and Cats Online?

The Dogs and Cats Online systems in a one-stop online service for all registration payments, microchipping and breeder information. Dogs and Cats Online has replaced the 68 individual Council dog and cat registers and serves as a single online database that is accessible 24/7, including on mobile devices. Dogs and Cats Online has been developed to allow pet owners to instantly update registration or microchip details if you move house or change phone numbers, and pay your annual registration fees. Dogs and Cats Online will also assist Councils, shelters and the general public in reuniting lost pets with their owners.

Registering Your Dog

To register your dog please log onto Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) at , this can be done anywhere. When registering your new dog please ensure you have with you:

  • An email address
  • Drivers License
  • Any concession cards (your card number will be automatically validated upon entry)
  • You may need certificates of microchipping/desexing if this wasn’t previously recorded with your council.

If you are renewing your dog registration please also have your Dog Registration Renewal notice (arriving July). Note: if you have not received this by August please contact Council.

Change of Address or Contact Details

Any changes that you need to make to your address, contact details or where your dog is staying if you are away for holidays, can be made via .

What is permanent registration number?

From 1 July 2018, all dog registrations will be issued with a permanent registration number. This permanent registration number remains with the animal regardless of a change of Council areas or transfer of ownership. The animal registration record will contain information about:

  • The breeder of the dog
  • Microchip status and who microchipped the dog
  • Desexing status and who desexed the dog
  • Control Orders placed on the dog
  • Historical information

Maintaining access to this information makes it easier for Council Officers to locate owners of found dogs, makes it easier to transfer registration if you move house or transfer owners, assists owners demonstrate compliance with new desexing and microchipping laws and has the capability to allow potential ill practices to be identified.

There will still be an annual registration fee for your dog. Each year the owner of the registered dog will be sent a renewal notice via their nominated method of email, sms or post.

New Registrations after 1 April

All dogs registered for the first time after 1 April each year, regardless of age, will be eligible for a 50% discount of off the registrations fees for that financial year.

What is happening with registration discs?

Prior to the introduction of Dogs and Cats Online, thousands of plastic dog registration discs went to landfill. Permanent registration numbers will provide significant environmental benefits by reducing South Australia’s landfill waste by 600kg per year. Dogs and Cats Online has allowed us to provide you with a single registration number that remains the same for the life of the dog regardless of where you move within the state.

If you dog registration disc has been lost or damaged, or you do not wish to use the supplied plastic disc, you are encouraged to purchase a metal dog disc, badge or tag from the provider of your choice and have it engraved with your dog’s permanent registration number.

To assist in the return of your lost dog, please ensure the permanent registration number is legible and the disc, badge, tag or other device securely attached to your dog’s collar. You are also encouraged to include name and phone number or any other contact details. If you prefer to have a plastic disc, you can request a replacement disc on Dogs and Cats Online.

More information can be found at

Services and Benefits of Dog Registration

All income generated from registration and expiations is dedicated to animal management and public safety, new initiatives to improve relationships between owners and other residents, and recreational opportunities for pets and their owners. Services and benefits paid for by fees include:

  • Collect, Identify and reunite stray dogs with their owners
  • Pound services
  • Controlling and reducing unwanted dog behaviours
  • Dog attack investigation and reduction
  • Developing new resources for dogs and owners Services from the Dog and Cat Management Board

Closing Date for Payment of Registration Fees

Please note that all dogs must be registered by the time that they reach three months of age and then must be re-registered each financial year.  Payments should be made between 1 July and 17 August each year (with a final date to pay of 31 August).

If you obtain a dog older than three months of age, then you have 14 days in which to register the dog. It doesn't matter at what time of year your first registration is done.

If the dog is not registered in either of these cases then a penalty of $170 can be imposed. In addition to this you will also need to pay the registration fee.

Registration Fees

New fees for the 2020/21 Financial Year are as below: 


Standard Fee (both desexed and microchipped)


Non Standard Fee (not both desexed and microchipped)


Working Dog (Livestock) (proof required)


Greyhound (Racing)$17.50

Assistance Dog (Guide/Therapy)


Why is my dog classified as a ‘non-standard’ dog?

Councils are now required to set two mandatory registration fee categories for dog registrations being ‘standard’ and ‘non-standard’ dog.

  • A 'standard' dog is a dog that is both microchipped & desexed, attracting a 50% rebate of the full registration fee.
  • A 'non-standard' dog is a dog that is not both microchipped & desexed and attracts a full registration fee.

    As of 1 July 2018:

  • All dogs must be microchipped by three months of age or within 28 days of acquirement.
  • All dogs must be desexed by six months of age or within 28 days of acquirement. Please note: The desexing requirement will not apply to dogs owned prior to 1 July 2018.

Concessions and Discounts

Concession Cards

A 50% concession fee is available to persons who are holders of current:

  • DVA “Gold” Card
  • DVA “White” Card
  • Pensioner Card
  • Senior Health Card
  • Health Card

**Proof is required for fee concessions and can be uploaded by photo when registering on Dogs and Cats Online**

Working Dog

Working dogs are primarily used for droving or tending stock. Proof the dog is a working dog will be required, this can include documents such as tax records, copies of contract, etc. current in the previous 12 months.

Guide, Hearing, Disability Dogs

The Guide Dog and Hearing Dog concessions will be applied after to dogs that have been approved by the Dog and Cat Management Board or one of the following entities:

  • Guide Dog Association of SA
  • Lions Hearing Dogs.

Please see the Dog and Cat Management Board to have your dog approved as a disability dog on DACO.

Ph: (08) 7111 3468  Email:


If you obtain a dog older than three months of age, then you have 14 days in which to register the dog. It doesn't matter at what time of year your first registration is done. Dogs less than 3 months of age as at the 1 January each year are half price.

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Payment Options

Online - DACO

All dog registrations for new dogs and renewals can now be paid online via the following link

In Person

Please note: if you are applying for a concession, please remember to bring with you the appropriate documentation – Concession cards, desexing and microchipping proof etc.

Registrations can be paid in person at the following locations:

  • Council Office, Day Street, Pinnaroo
  • Council Office, Railway Terrace North, Lameroo

New South Australian Laws

Compulsory Desexing

Compulsory for all dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018. From this date, all new generations of dogs and cats (born after 1 July 2018) must be desexed by a certain age (unless exempted under the Act).

Compulsory Microchipping

Dog imageFrom 1 July 2018, it is compulsory for all dogs and cats to be microchipped. This applies to all existing dogs and cats. If your dog is microchipped before renewing your registration, provide us with the information and you will be eligible for the additional rebate on your registration.

Discount microchipping days are offered throughout the state at various times of the year. Visit or, or visit your local vet for more details.

New Laws for Cat and Dog Owners and Breeders

Please click here for what you need to know about Dog and Cat Reforms

Enforcement of Dog & Cat Management Act

The Council administers the enforcement of the Dog & Cat Management Act and investigates complaints. Effective management of pets is required and the Southern Mallee Community expects that pet owners will take reasonable steps to ensure their dog or cat does not create a nuisance, and be responsible pet owners within the district.

The Southern Mallee District Council has traps available for hire for the trapping of feral cats. Traps can be hired for a period of two weeks at a cost of $10.00 deposit, the deposit will be refunded on return of the trap (in good condition) to the Council.

Other Related Websites:

Dogs and Cats Online

Dog & Cat Management Board

R.S.P.C.A. of SA

Southern Mallee District Council Animal Management Plan

Please click here to view our Animal Management Plan for 2012 - 2017. This plan is currently being reviewed.