Animal Registrations

Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, all dog owners must Lifetime Register their pet.

There are two steps in the registration process. Firstly, the pet must be microchipped and secondly, registered with Council by lodging relevant forms and paying a fee. These two steps will make it possible for your pet to be returned to you if they are lost. 

Step 1. Microchipping

Microchipping is a way to permanently identify your pet. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are inserted in the back of your pet's neck. This is done by your vet and is much the same as an immunisation injection and is very safe. The chip contains a series of numbers and no two chips have the same number. The numbers are read by scanners and the unique number will identify your pet through the Companion Animals Register.

Step 2. Registering your pet

After your animal has been microchipped, you need to register at any local council or registered agent. 
When registering your pet you will need to provide the following:

  • NSW Companion Animal Register Registration form
  • Microchipping certificate or a letter from your vet with the microchip number
  • Sterilisation certificate or proof of desexing from your vet
  • Documents which entitle you to a discount, such as pensioner concession card or registered breeder membership card
  • Relevant payment.

How much does it cost?

Lifetime registration fees are listed below and paid once only at the time of registration:

  • Desexed cat or dog - $55
  • Desexed cat or dog owned by pensioner - $23
  • Undesexed cat or dog - $201
  • Undesexed cat or dog owned by registered breeder - $55
  • Pound/Shelter animal 50% discount (desexed): $27.50
  • Trained seeing eye or hearing dogs - Free

Trained dogs such as seeing eye or hearing dogs must be microchipped and registered, although there is no fee. Farm working dogs are exempt and greyhounds registered with the Greyhound Control Board are covered by a separate registration.