Microchipping and Registration

 

It is a legal requirement under the Companion Animals Act 1998  that all cats and dogs be microchipped and registered.

An animal cannot be identified or registered in the name of a person under the age of 18.

Below are Exerts from the Act.

NOTE: One penalty unit = $110

 

Microchipping

Section 8 - Identification required from 12 weeks of age and before sale

(1)  A companion animal must be identified as required by the regulations from the time the animal is 12 weeks old.

(2)  A companion animal must not be sold unless it has been identified as required by the regulations (even if it is less than 12 weeks old when it is sold).

(3)  The owner of an animal is guilty of an offence if it is not identified in accordance with subsection (1).

Maximum penalty:

(a)  8 penalty units except in the case of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog, or

(b)  50 penalty units in the case of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog.

(4)  A person who sells an animal in contravention of subsection (2) is guilty of an offence.

Maximum penalty:

(a)  8 penalty units except in the case of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog, or

(b)  50 penalty units in the case of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog.

(5)  The regulations may change the age from which a companion animal is required to be identified under subsection (1) from 12 weeks to any other age (either generally for all companion animals or for a particular kind or class of companion animal).

Note: The term “sell” extends to the transfer of ownership by any means, including by gift. This section requires an animal to be identified before it is sold no matter what the age of the animal when it is sold.

 

Registration

Section 9 - Registration required from age 6 months

(1)  A companion animal must be registered under this Act from the time the animal is 6 months old. The owner of the animal is guilty of an offence if it is not registered.

Maximum penalty:

(a)  50 penalty units except in the case of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog, or

(b)  60 penalty units in the case of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog.

Note: The regulations may provide for exceptions to this section. An owner does not have to wait until an animal is 6 months old to register it. An animal of any age can be registered.

(2)  The regulations may change the age from which a companion animal is required to be registered under this section from 6 months to any other age, either generally for all companion animals or for a particular kind or class of companion animal.

(3)  A person is taken to commit a separate offence under this section on every day the companion animal remains unregistered. However, a person:

(a)  may not be convicted for the commission of more than one offence in relation to the failure to register a companion animal during any single calendar month, and

(b)  may be convicted only once in relation to any failure to register a companion animal that occurred before that failure came to the notice of the council of the area in which the animal is ordinarily kept.

Note: This subsection does not limit the number of times a person may be prosecuted under section 10B (Notice requiring companion animal to be registered).

 

Companion Animal Lifetime Registration fees increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase. These fees are set by the NSW Office of Local Government and are applicable to all Council's in NSW.

NOTE: Registration of a Companion Animal can be paid to ANY Council in NSW.

The current fees for the 2019/2020 financial year are:

  • Desexed animal: $58;
  • Desexed animal owned by a Pensioner: $25;
  • Desexed animal purchased from a Pound or Shelter: $29;
  • Non-desexed animal: $210;
  • Non-desexed animal (Not Recommended) - $58; (a certificate from a veterinary practitioner stating that desexing the animal at any time of its life would constitute a serious health risk to the animal)
  • Non-desexed animal (Under 6 Months) - $58; (a certificate from a veterinary practitioner advising that the animal should not be desexed until it reaches the age specified)
  • Recognised Breeder: $58.

Working dogs, assistance animals (ie Guide Dogs, Service Dogs) and registered racing Greyhound are $Nil.

Please note that these fees are set by the NSW Office of Local Government, and apply to all Councils in NSW.