Dog and cat registration
Pet registration is a legal requirement under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. You can be fined for not complying. Every dog and cat three months of age and over must be registered with your local council. Existing registrations must be renewed by 10 April each year.
To register your cat or dog, you need to contact your local council. Most councils have instructions on their website about how to register a dog or cat, alternatively you can call their customer service line and they will instruct you on how to go about registering your pet.
Pet registration is NOT the same as microchip registration.
Your registration fee gives you more than just a lost and found service for your pet. It is also funds:
- facilities such as dog parks, dog poo bins and pounds / shelters
- animal management staff to attend to nuisance complaints, investigate dog attacks, patrol parks/beaches/streets, and collect and return stray animals to owners
- events such as pet expos and discount microchipping days
- information such as responsible pet ownership publications, websites, and online courses
- domestic animal business audits (e.g. to check animal welfare standards in pet shops, breeding facilities, boarding kennels etc)
- management of dangerous and restricted breed dogs
- dog bite prevention education programs for kindergarten and primary school children
- emergency animal welfare preparedness
- research into a range of dog and cat welfare issues
The following pages provide additional information about pet registration - the benefits, some recent changes to registration fee schedules, and what the State Government registration levy provides: