Covid-19 Information and Updates - Updated 6 January 2021

To reduce the number of face-to-face interactions with the community and protect our staff and their ability to carry out ongoing essential services, the Derwent Valley Council Offices are open to the public from 10am - 4pm from Monday 24 August for essential visits only.

Council operating hours are still 8.15am – 5pm (Mon - Fri) and Council services can be accessed over the phone, by email or via our website. We encourage all enquiries by phone or email where possible.

Information on the Tasmanian Government and Council's response to COVID-19.

This information includes support available to individuals, business and community organisations including grant funding and mental health support and where to access further information around the pandemic and Council services.

Please stay home, save lives. Practise social distancing and good hygiene practises.

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Dog Classifications

Assistance Dog Classification

Guide Dog

  1. a guide dog as defined by the Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs Act 1967; or
  2. a dog training to be a guide dog 

Hearing Dog

  1. a hearing dog as defined by the Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs Act 1967; or
  2. a dog training to be a hearing dog


Hunting Dog Classification

A dog use to flush game: -

"approved hunting dog" means a hunting dog that, immediately before 1 July 2011, has been tattooed by an approved organisation with a tattoo that identifies the dog as being a part of that organisation.


Working Dog Classification

A dog used principally for the following.

1.    droving or tending stock:- 

  • Australian Cattle Dog (Red Heeler and Blue Heeler);
  • Australian Kelpie;
  • Australian Shepherd;
  • Huntaway;
  • Smithfield;
  • Maremma Sheepdog;
  • Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog;
  • Border Collie;

 2.    detecting illegal substances:-

  • German shepherds;
  • Beagles;
  • Labradors

3.    searching, tracking or rescuing:-

  • German shepherds;
  • Beagles;
  • Labradors

 4.    working with police officers:- 

  • German shepherds;
  • Beagles;
  • Labradors