Animal Management Officer


Certificate IV in (Local) Government: Statutory Investigation and Enforcement or other acceptable qualifications.


An Animal Management Officer in their duties will be responsible for:

  • collecting, impounding and caring for domestic animals
  • disaster management (animal welfare)
  • conducting dog patrols
  • investigating animal attacks
  • inspecting animal boarding houses
  • maintaining a database of registered animals
  • inspecting horse stables
  • assessing applications for cat and dog registrations.

Conduct complaint investigation for the following issues:

  • barking dogs
  • dangerous or menacing dogs
  • unregistered cats and dogs
  • dogs wandering at large
  • noise from roosters.

Provide the following services:

  • educating the public on animal management matters
  • helping to return lost and found animals.

Powers of an Authorised Officer

Authorised Officers have many powers under various state and local legislation. These powers are relevant to the investigation/legislation and may allow an Officer to:

  • enter a place
  • issue compliance notices
  • seize particular dogs
  • destroy seized regulated dogs
  • ask a police officer for help in exercising particular powers
  • require a person to state their full name and address and ask for verification
  • take photographs, video, other images and audio
  • request assistance from a competent person.