Barunga West Council
Port Broughton Bute and Districts
Barunga West Council
Community Information

Animal Management

Dog & Cat Management

Dog & Cat Reforms

New laws for cat and dog owners and breeders will soon be introduced in South Australia. These changes are designed to improve dog and cat management and welfare and are the result of years of planning and public consultation.

Compulsory Microchipping and desexing

From 1 July 2018 it will be compulsory for all dogs and cats above a certain age to be microchipped and all dogs and cats born after that date to be desexed. There will be certain exemptions for working dogs and registered breeders.

Microchipping is a safe and permanent way to identify your dog and cat. The procedure is quick, with no ongoing discomfort and can only be carried out by a trained, authorised implanter.

There will be discount microchipping days offered throughout the state at various times of the year.

Visit or for more details.  Local Vets also provide a service for microchipping, please contact your local vet for more information.

New Rules and Powers

New rules will apply to breeders and sellers. There will be guidelines and industry standards that stipulate minimum welfare conditions.

Councils will have greater powers under the revised laws, including increases in some expiations and penalties.

DACO – a new way to register your dog or cat

Dog and cat registration, along with the way you manage your pet dog or cat’s microchip, health and breeder information, will be simplified with the introduction of a new website.

Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) will be the central point for all your dog and cat management payments and information, replacing the 68 individual council systems and private microchip databases currently in place.

Changes to dog registration categories

As of 2017, dog registration in South Australia has been simplified. Your dog now falls under one of two simple categories. These changes have been made to streamline registration categories throughout the state.

  • Standard Dog - a dog that is both microchipped and desexed
  • Non-Standard Dog - All other dogs, including those with exemptions

Further information about these changes are available by reading  Dog & Cat reforms(86 kb) or by visiting

Council's Animal Management Plan

Animal Management Plan(1895 kb)


Dog Registration



Horses on Beaches

For information about horses on beaches within the District Council of Barunga West, have a look at the publications below

Horses on Beaches Brochure(213 kb)

Horses on Beaches Policy 2015(71 kb)


Main Office
11 Bay Street
Port Broughton SA 5522
Sub Office
Railway Terrace
Bute SA 5560
Postal Address
PO Box 3
Port Broughton SA 5522
Contact Council
Phone: 08 8635 2107
Fax:      08 8635 2596
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