Livestock at Large (Fact Sheet 12)

Community Living Local Law No 1 states:

8.2 Provision of Effective Fencing

  1. The owner and/or occupier of land used for the grazing of livestock must take all reasonable care to ensure that fencing is adequate for the purpose of preventing livestock from straying onto any highway.
  2. The onus of proving that all reasonable care has been taken shall be upon the owner or occupier.

Please note: A highway is defined as: ‘a street, road, lane, bridge, thoroughfare or other place open to or used by the public for passage with vehicles, and includes every public car-park, bus shelter, carriageway, footpath, traffic island, street, gutter, drain and nature strip, and includes a mall’.

Penalty

First offence - 4 penalty units ($400.00)
Second or subsequent offence - 8 penalty units ($800.00)

8.3 Livestock at Large

  1. The occupier of land used for the grazing of livestock must take all reasonable care to ensure that livestock are securely confined within a fenced area at all times.
  2. The onus of proving that all reasonable care has been taken shall be upon the occupier.

Penalty

First offence - 10 penalty units ($1,000.00)
Second or subsequent offence - 20 penalty units ($2,000.00)

If you have received a Caution Notice-Notice to Comply please ensure that you follow the compliance details.  Failure to comply may result in an infringement being issued.

If you would like to report livestock wandering on the road or wish to obtain more information, please contact the Local Laws Branch on (03) 5832 9741.