Project Update

How can we better manage cats and dogs in Knox?

We are seeking your feedback on a range of cat and dog-related topics to help us better understand what you think is important, what issues affect you and what areas need further improvement. We want to know how we can better manage dogs and cats in our municipality.

Your feedback will help us draft a new Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-2025 (DAM Plan).

The new plan will consider a number of dog and cat related issues including:

  • Dogs off lead in parks and reserves, and other public spaces
  • Minimising dog and cat nuisance issues in your neighbourhood
  • Encouraging the registration and identification of dogs and cats
  • Promotion of responsible pet ownership; and
  • Ways to support pet owners and improve the welfare of cats and dogs.

How to get involved

We want to hear from both pet owners and non-pet owners – so if you live, work or play in Knox, we want to hear from you.

Online: Take the survey below.

Post: Send your submission to: Community Laws department – DAM Plan, Knox City Council, Reply Paid 70243, WANTIRNA SOUTH VIC 3152


Register for a DAM Plan consultation: via the below link.

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Consultation closes Sunday 1st August 2021


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Pre-draft community consultation

    Monday 5th July - Sunday 1 August 2021

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    Development of the draft Plan

    August - October 2021

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Community consultation on draft Plan

    November 2021

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Final 2021-25 Plan approved

    December 2021

All Councils across Victoria are required to develop a Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAM Plan) once every four years under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

The DAM Plan is the strategic approach to how Council will manages dogs and cats over the next four years, from 2021 to 2025.

The Domestic Animals Act 1994 only refers to dogs and cats, which is why the plan relates only to dogs and cats. The purpose of the Act is to ‘promote animal welfare, the responsible ownership of dogs and cats and the protection of the environment’.

The Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires that each DAM Plan outline the programs, services and strategies which the Council intends to pursue in its municipal district under the areas of:

  • training of authorised officers
  • pet registration and identification
  • nuisance animals
  • dog attacks
  • dangerous, menacing and restricted dog breeds
  • pet overpopulation and high euthanasia
  • domestic animal businesses; and
  • other domestic animal matters.

Knox Council has over 18,000 registered dogs and over 7,000 registered cats in the municipality. More detailed information of the number of animals by suburb will be included in the next Plan.

For more information about pet registration in Knox, visit

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Community Laws
Phone 9298 8000