Cut the red tape: call to streamline dog and cat registration

Cut the red tape: call to streamline dog and cat registration

LOCAL Government Minister David Templeman has called for a more streamlined process for registering pets, to cut the red tape for pet owners.

While it is estimated there are 14,000 cats in the City of Mandurah, only 3587 are registered.

There are 15,360 registered dogs, but it is estimated 4000 dogs are not registered.

Residents have to register their cats or dogs at the City Administration Building or Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre.

Council does have an eServices portal for renewing registrations, but the link for cats said the registration period had closed and would not be available “after October, 2018.” The service was restored after the Coastal Times contacted council.

Mr Templeman said the review of the Local Government Act had already brought in a range of initiatives to get local governments online.

“This is a major initiative because the reality is, in the modern world ratepayers and residents shouldn’t have to go into the local council office,” he said.

Mr Templeman said the government was also encouraging councils to have online approval processes to cut down wait times.

He said a central database for all cat and dog registrations could soon be created as the State Government works to cut red tape.

Mr Templeman said the initiative would streamline the process.

“Owners will be able to register their pets online and when they move, they’ll be able to easily update their contact details,” he said.

“We want that portability through online databases that can be shared and this will be an example of red tape being a much more streamlined and efficient process.”

City of Mandurah acting chief executive Graeme Davies said council offered online registration renewals for dog and cat owners, however owners were required to complete the first registration in person.

“The City would support any changes that makes the process of registration easier and more streamlined,” he said.

Dog and cat owners are also able to advise the City of changes to their animal records via our website www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/services/rangers/update-animal-details

“Mandurah was one of the first councils to offer online renewals,” Mr Davies said.

A potential outcome of the Dog and Cat Act Review process may be to combine the Dog Act 1976 and the Cat Act 2011 into a single Companion Animals Act, which could provide for consistent registration and microchipping provisions for cats and dogs.

“The City strongly encourages dog and cat owners to register their animals, as identification of cats and dogs is essential for the welfare of animals and the community,” Mr Davies said.