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- Disability Assist Dogs
- Dog Safety and Control Report for 2009/10
- Discussion Document documents and consultation 2003-09
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Further changes to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks (November 2016)
The Government has announced a further package of changes that will form part of a bill to amend the Dog Control Act 1996. The public will have the opportunity to comment on the law changes when the bill is before Select Committee in 2017.
The latest changes focus on: licensing owners of high-risk dogs, amendments to infringements and offences under the Dog Control Act 1996, and introducing additional reporting requirements for councils on dog attacks. These changes supplement the first package of changes announced in September 2016. Detail about the overall national strategy to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks is available here: 2016 Review of Dog Control Regime.
Package of changes to reduce the risk and harm of serious dog attacks (September 2016)
The Government has agreed to contribute $0.85 million to target high-risk dogs, as part of a package of changes to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks. The package has three parts: changes to the Dog Control Act 1996 to introduce tougher rules for owners of high-risk dogs; best practice guidance for councils; and education about dog behaviour and safety around dogs. We’d like to again thank the many people who submitted their views in our feedback survey earlier this year, which helped inform the proposals.
Dog safety message from Internal Affairs - March 2016
Thank you to everyone who provided comments on the Enforcement Guidelines under the Dog Control Act 1996, your assistance is much appreciated.
As you may know, in 2015, the Rules Reduction Taskforce (the Taskforce) called for submissions from New Zealanders about rules they find annoying. Submissions from around the country noted difficulties in the dog registration process and, in its report The loopy rules report: New Zealanders Tell their stories (.pdf, 1.7MB), the Taskforce called for ‘better information and resources to help dog owners and councils to manage their responsibilities’ Read more...
- View New Zealand dog control statistics here: Dog Control Statistics (www.localcouncils.govt.nz)
- The Department of Internal Affairs also maintains a Dog Safety public information website.
- Enforcement Guidelines under the Dog Control Act 1996 (.pdf) 795.9k*
- Supplementary Information to the Enforcement Guidelines (March 2016) :
- Dog Control Amendment Act 2003 - Summary of key provisions of the Amendment Act that came into force on 1 December 2003.
- Dog Control Amendment Act 2003 - Key Facts (updated: March 2014)
Disability Assist Dogs
Guidelines for Organisations to Certify Disability Assist Dogshtml version of this document.
The Department of Internal Affairs has developed guidelines to assist organisations in applying to certify disability assist dogs under the Dog Control Act 1996. A disability assist dog is trained to help people with disabilities and may enter and remain in places where other dogs are prohibited to go.
After conferring with the Minister for Disability Issues, the Minister of Local Government can recommend new organisations to be authorised under the Act. These guidelines help to ensure that only suitable organisations are authorised.
- Factsheet: recognising Disability Assist Dogs in emergencies. The Disability Assist Dog Identification Tag (.docx, 142KB)
- Factsheet: recognising Disability Assist Dogs in emergencies. The Disability Assist Dog Identification Tag (.pdf, 216KB)*
- Disability Assist Dog Identification Tag allocation and surrender process (.pdf 32kb)*
Dog Safety and Control Report for 2009/10
- Dog Safety and Control Report for 2009/10 (.pdf) 340k*
The Dog Control Act 1996 makes councils responsible for the control of dogs and makes the registration of dogs mandatory each year. This report presents currently available information on dog populations, dog attacks, enforcement and prosecutions. It provides a snapshot as at May 2010, and is based on analysis of data from the National Dogs Database, supplemented by Accident Compensation Corporation dog bite claim information and Ministry of Justice prosecution information.
Discussion Document documents and consultation 2003-09This discussion document was released in December 2007 and sought public comment on ideas that could help further improve dog control and public safety around dogs. Submissions closed on 31 March 2008.
The Department's analysis of the submissions showed that, on the whole, submitters did not want major legislative changes. Further work on the legislative options outlined in the discussion document is not planned at this time (April 2009).
View, print or download the discussion document:
- Improving Public Safety under the Dog Control Act 1996: Policy Options December 2007 (.pdf version) 220k*
- Link here to an html version of this document
- Summary of Results and analysis of public submissions on the discussion document Improving Public Safety under the Dog Control Act 1996: Policy Options (.pdf version) 56k*
- Link here to an html version of this document
- Dog Control Survey - Final Report (Department of Internal Affairs, June 2003)
- Prime Minister's Statement - Extract from speech to Parliament 11/2/2003.
- Dog Microchipping - What owners need to know (.pdf) 230k* Dog Microchipping brochure, October 2009
- Better Dog Control = Safer Communities What you need to know about changes to dog control laws (updated August 2006)
- Registration and Microchipping (more information about Microchipping for dog owners on the Dog Safety website)
- www.dogsafety.govt.nz for practical information about keeping safe around dogs.