Pet owners can’t get their pets to the zoo without a licence, and even if they do, they can’t take their animals on public transport unless they’re accompanied by a responsible adult.
But that’s about to change.
ABC News has got the scoop on what you need to know about animal crossing.
How to do it safely A pet owner must apply for a licence to cross a road, and the licence must be valid for a minimum of six months.
There are different types of licence – such as an animal crossing permit – which must be renewed.
There’s also a separate licensing category for animals.
Licences can be issued by local councils and regional councils, or by the state government.
You must have a licence if you want to transport animals from one place to another.
Licenses are valid for 12 months from the date of application.
The only other time you can take your pet to the park is if it’s a dog or cat, or a member of a household that’s under 18 years of age.
A pet crossing licence is valid for three years from the day the licence is issued.
What to do if you’re not sure What if you need a licence?
You must: apply for the licence in person at the Pet Crossing Licensing Authority, located in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, at least one hour before the crossing The licence will be valid from the start of your crossing and will be returned within two weeks of your application.
If you do not have a pet crossing permit, you can apply for one from the Animal Crossing Licence Authority website, and your licence will take two weeks to be processed.
You will need to bring a copy of your licence to the Licensing Officer.
You may also contact the Licencing Officer at the Animal Control Unit, on 1300 559 656.
What if I’m not sure if my pet is allowed to cross?
If you have a dog that is older than six months, you must apply in person with your pet.
If your pet is younger than six years, you may contact the Animal Transport Authority (ATA), which is located at the Melbourne Zoo.
The ATA has a licence for dogs and cats that is valid up to six months from date of issuing.
You can also contact them via phone at 1300 636 811.
If a dog crosses without permission, the ATA will issue a warning to the owner.
You’ll need to call the ATL before taking your pet back.
If the owner does not show up at the time of the warning, the pet may be removed from the area and euthanased.
You don’t need to get permission to cross on public property.
What you can do to make sure you don’t run into a problem The first thing you need is to follow the directions in the NSW and ACT animal crossing laws.
If someone is crossing you, do not stop or attempt to stop them, even if it appears as though they are trying to cross.
The police will arrest anyone who is trying to do this.
If an animal is on public land, you should ask if the owner wants their pet to be in the area, or if they’d like to leave the area.
If they do want to leave, they should follow the direction to leave.
If no owner wants to leave or it appears there is no owner, you could be responsible for the animal’s care and should follow their advice.
You could also call the Animal Welfare Officer on 1800 651 856, or call their toll-free number on 1800 866 731.
If animals have been hurt, injured or killed, you need permission from the owner to take their pet back to the animal welfare unit.
You should also ensure that the animal is securely restrained and that the person who injured or caused harm to it is properly punished.
If there’s a risk of an injury to the animals, the animal should be taken to a veterinary clinic or animal hospital immediately.
What should I do if I’ve run into trouble while crossing?
Check the NSW animal crossing rules if you’ve run across any trouble or trouble that might be causing a problem.
They state that the following rules apply: You must obey the directions given by the animal crossing authority, and leave immediately if you run into problems with another person.
You cannot cross at any time during daylight hours, unless it’s necessary to avoid danger to yourself or other people.
You are not allowed to leave unattended.
You shouldn’t leave your pet unattended if it is unattended to be fed, cleaned, or cared for.
You need to provide a vehicle with sufficient space for the pet to fit comfortably and remain on the ground.
You’re not allowed in the vehicle without a pet safety harness.
The animal crossing officer may take your animal if you don.t comply with these rules, and you may be fined up to $500.
What do I do in a situation where a dog is being hurt or killed