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Is the use of electronic dog collars legal?

Article ID: 279
Last updated: 24 Jun, 2016
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 State Yes/No name of relevant act/special conditions and requirements
ACT No Animal Welfare Act
NSW No Section 16 of the Act, Section 13 and Schedule 1 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (General) Regulation 1996 and Schedule 1 make the use of electric dog collars illegal. One exception to this rule is electric collars associated with canine invisible boundaries. These are not illegal provided the canine invisible boundary is used to confine dogs, but only used inside a fence through which dogs cannot pass and that is not less than 1.5 metres high.
NT Yes Regulation 4 and Schedule 1 of the Animal Welfare Regulations allow for the use of electric shock collars in the course of training a dog (excluding collars operated by a remote control device).
Qld Yes
SA No Animal Welfare Act
TAS Yes Animal Welfare Act 1993 (As long as there is no pain to the animal)
 Vic Yes

Subject to exemptions under Reg 7E(2)

Permitted under prescribed circumstances Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 1997 (Reg 7E(2)). See www.dpi.vic.gov.au/animalwelfare for details.

 WA Yes Animal Welfare (General ) Regulations 2003

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