Victoria Legal Aid

Dogs, cats, neighbours and you

Published 2020-12-30

About this booklet

This booklet explains the responsibilities of pet owners in Victoria and the rights of neighbours.

It includes information on registration, microchipping, barking and nuisance, menacing and dangerous dogs, dog attacks, and complaints.

Victoria Legal Aid gratefully acknowledge Victoria Law Foundation for establishing and maintaining this publication from 1997 until its tenth edition. Dogs, cats, neighbours and you was transferred to Victoria Legal Aid in July 2018.

Important update

In this booklet, we refer to the mediation service offered by the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria. That service has closed temporarily. For more information, visit Dispute Settlement Centre of VictoriaExternal Link .

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Reviewed 19 December 2022