Dog and Cat Registration and Identification
It is important that domestic pets such as dogs and cats do not become a risk to local wildlife or stock. Registration ensures that should your pet go missing it can be returned to you as soon as possible.
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. Before council can accept a new animal registration, dogs and cats must be microchipped. Animal Registration Forms are available for download at the base of this page.
Pet registration is a legal requirement under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. You must register your dog(s) or cat(s) over three months of age with your local council each year. You can be fined $317 per pet for not complying.
Council adopted a new Animal Registration Fee Scheme at its Council meeting in June 2017. The new fee scheme is designed to encourage responsible pet ownership. Significant discounts are available for cats and dogs that are desexed or obedience trained.
The fees below are applicable for dog and cat registration expiring 10 April 2019
- Standard fee dog - $205
- Standard fee dog pension rate - $102
- KCC/VCA registered, working dog or older than 10 years - $52
- KCC/VCA registered, working dog or older than 10 years pension rate - $26
- Obedience trained* -$41
- Obedience trained* pension rate $20.50
- Desexed dog- $31
- Desexed dog pension rate - $15.50
- Desexed and obedience trained dog by an approved organisation* - $21
- Desexed and obedience trained dog Pension Rate* - $10.50
- Initial registration for adopted dog from an approved shelter or under 12 weeks of age $5
- Declared dogs (Dangerous, Menacing and Restricted breed) $360 (Pro rata not available)
- Guard Dog $205
- Standard fee cat $205
- Standard fee cat pension rate – $102
- FCC registered or older than 10 years $52
- FCC registered or older than 10 years pension rate $26
- Desexed cat $21
- Desexed cat pension rate $10.50
- Initial registration for adopted cat from an approved shelter or under 12 weeks of age $5
Foster Carer Packages now available - Contact 5734 6200 for more information
Proof of eligibility is required to qualify for a discounted category
*Obedience trained - Must provide a certificate issued by one of the four government approved obedience training organisations as listed on the Registration Discounts FAQ Sheet.
For information on criteria to receive a reduced fee see the Registration Discounts FAQ sheet (PDF, 2MB)
Snip, Chip and Tag! Cat de-sexing vouchers available for concessions
We have a limited number of de-sexing vouchers available for cat owners with Pension or Health Care cards.
De-sexing vouchers valued at $70 are available for male cats and $100 for female cats, which can be used at vets across Mitchell Shire.
Cat owners are encouraged to microchip their animals at the same time and register them with Council at the special rate of $5.
A limited number of vouchers are available and de-sexing must be completed before Friday 14 September 2018. Contact Council’s Local Laws team on 5734 6200 to secure a voucher.
How it works
Step 1 - Contact Council on (03) 5734 6200 to verify eligibility* and obtain voucher number.
- Provide your personal details (name, address, phone and eligibility details)
- Provide details of the cat (name, sex, does it require microchip and registration?)
- Nominate which vet you would like to use for the surgery
Step 2 - Contact nominated vet to make your appointment and determine the cost you will pay.
- The surgery must be completed by 14 September 2018
Step 3 - Complete your appointment with the vet.
- You will pay the cost of the surgery less the amount of the voucher ($100 for females or $70 for males) plus
- the cost of microchipping if required, and
- $5.00 Council pet registration if required (registration for period expiring 10 Apr 2019)
*To be eligible for a feline fix voucher you must be over 18 years of age and be a holder of a pension card under the State Concessions Act 2004 (pension, disability, war veteran) or a Health Care Card holder. Student card holders are not eligible for the discount.
Livestock Identification Requirements
Farm animals are very popular with owners of small properties, whether you have a goat to keep the grass down or pony for your children.
There are Council regulations (see Extra Animals Factsheet PDF, 803K) and state legal requirements you must comply with if you own a farm animal.
The first thing you must do when you are looking to own cattle (cows), sheep, pigs, goats, alpacas, llamas, horses, deer or more than 100 poultry is apply for a Livestock Property Identification Code (PIC).
PICs are free and easy to obtain through the Department of Economic Development’s Livestock PICs Website page.
PICs are important in the event of a serious livestock disease outbreak. They allow for the tracing of animals to detect where an outbreak may have started and to help control and eradicate disease. PICs are also linked to systems such as the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) and commercial operators will need a PIC to sell and move animals.
To find out more about PICS and to obtain yours, visit the Livestock PICs Website page.
For further information contact the Local Laws Department on (03) 5734 6200.