Microchipping & Lifetime Registration
Under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998, all dogs and cats which are born or who change owners after 1 July 1999 will need to be microchipped and registered. The exemption being, if you already owned your cat at this date it is not compulsory.
- Animals are to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age.
- Microchipping is carried out by a vet or any authorised implanter, and is painless. It is about the size of a grain of rice and is usually placed between the shoulders – it is similar to them receiving immunisation injections.
- Microchipping enables vets and other animal workers to reunite pets with their owners. There is a bar code on the microchip that is implanted by your vet that will have all of the information you supplied at the time.
NOTE: for this reason it is very important that should your details change at any time, you contact your local council and advise them so amendments can be made to your pets' details.
Lifetime Registration is required by the time the animal is 12 weeks of age.
Lifetime Registration takes place after you have your dog microchipped and it is paid at our local Council. As the name suggests, this is a "one off" payment unlike the old annual tag system previous to 1999.
Registration makes sure your pet is provided with all the protection and regulation that the Companion Animals Act and Council can provide. The Act provides Council with a range of powers and responsibilities to ensure companion animals and their owners coexist with other members of the community who chose not to own cats or dogs.
You will need to have the animal microchipped PRIOR to registration and bring with you any necessary documentation such as microchip details, sterilisation certificate, breeder's card or pension card. Please note that microchipping is not registration.
Lifetime Registration fees as of 1 July are:
- Non-Desexed cat or dog - $201
- Non-Desexed cat or dog owned by a registered breeder - $55
- Desexed cat or dog - $55
- Desexed cat or dog owned by a pensioner - $23
Please note that fee will increase annually.
NOTE: Exemptions exist for trained assistance animals such as seeing eye or hearing dogs and farm working dogs. Greyhounds which are registered with the Greyhound Control Board are covered by separate registration for this period.