Animals & Pets

Since 1 July 1999 all dogs and cats in NSW must be microchipped at point of sale, change of ownership or by 12 weeks of age, whichever occurs first.

If you purchase a puppy, kitten, dog or cat in NSW, under the Companion Animals Act 1998 it must be microchipped first. If it isn't then you should report this to your local council for investigation and action if appropriate.

Microchipping and registration is a two part process that requires Companion Animal owners to:

1. Have their animals implanted with a microchip from the time they are 12 weeks of age, at point of sale or change of ownership (whichever occurs first).

2. Register their animals with their NSW local Council by 6 months of age.

Early microchipping and registration is strongly recommended as many animals under 6 months of age are regularly lost from their homes.

How do I register my dog/cat?

Before registering your dog or cat it must be microchipped. This can be done at your local vet. Registration can then take place at your local Council. Please ensure you bring a copy of the microchip registration form with you when registering your pet.

Desexing means that lifetime registration is cheaper, pets don't stray, they are cleaner and less likely to be involved in territory disputes or attacks.

Companion Animals Website

The Companion Animals Website provides valuable resources for companion animal owners including online registration, registration fees and links to a number of brochures and forms.