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Is the use of electronic dog collars legal?

State/TerritoryYes/NoName of relevant act/special conditions and requirements
ACTNoAnimal Welfare Act
NSWNoSection 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.
NTYesRegulation 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).
SANoAnimal Welfare Act
TASYesAnimal Welfare Act 1993 (As long as there is no pain to the animal)
VICYesSubject to exemptions under Reg 7E(2)

Permitted under prescribed circumstances Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 1997 (Reg 7E(2)). See agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/animal-health-and-welfare/animal-welfare for details.
WAYesAnimal Welfare (General) Regulations 2003

The information presented here is not intended to be relied on for legal advice and you should seek advice from the relevant authority and/or a lawyer about your individual circumstances.

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Updated on May 16, 2019
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