Dogs and cats over the age of 3 months must be microchipped and registered with Council. All registered animals will receive a Council tag that allows us to return them home quickly if they become lost.

All new animal registrations must include a microchip number and must be completed in person at any of our Customer Service Centres.

If the animal being registered is desexed, veterinary proof is required.

Animal registrations are due on 10 April each year. If dog or cat owners fail to register their furry friend, they may be liable for an on-the-spot fine of up to $330.

If your pet has lost or destroyed its registration tag, a new one can be purchased at any Shire office for $11.00.

There is a 50% reduction in registration fees on presentation of your pension card.


All fees include GST.


Microchipped dogs, not desexed $131.00
Microchipped and desexed dogs $46.00
Dogs kept for working (must be approved by Local Laws) $50.50
Dogs kept for breeding under the Domestic Animal Act $50.50
Dogs registered with an Association approved by Council $50.50
Dangerous / Restricted Breed $710.00


Microchipped cats, not desexed $106.00
Microchipped and desexed cats $37.00
Cats kept for breeding under the Domestic Animal Act $40.40
Cats registered with an Association approved by Council $40.40







In line with Victorian Government requirements, as of 6pm Friday 29 October 2021, community members will need to show proof of double vaccination to access Councils community facilities including swimming pools, Nhill Memorial Community Centre, community halls and Hindmarsh Shire Libraries in Dimboola, Jeparit, Nhill and Rainbow. You can do this via the Services Victoria app or with a printed Vaccination Certificate and photo ID.
Children under 16, or those with an approved medical exemption, will still be able to access services.
To assist our community who are unable to access library services, in person, click and collect services are available along with e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Telephone your local Hindmarsh Shire Libraries branch to organise click and collect.
At this stage, Council’s Customer Service Centre in Nhill does not require customers to be double vaccinated. Community members needing access to customer services in person, can attend the Nhill Customer Service Centre at 92 Nelson Street, Nhill. Online services are available on our website or telephone 03 5391 4444 for assistance over the telephone.

Updated 3/11/2021