Pet Exchange Register
The Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Act 2017 establishes the Pet Exchange Register.
From 1 July 2019, any person or business who is advertising to sell or give away a dog or a cat will need to be enrolled on the Pet Exchange Register. In some circumstances, local councils will enrol the person or business.
Once enrolled, a source number will be generated, which will improve the traceability of dogs and cats, and allow councils and specific authorised officers to more effectively monitor those acting unlawfully.
From 1 July 2019, it will be an offence to advertise a dog or cat for sale unless the advert includes the animal’s microchip number and the source number generated by the Register.
Offences apply to both the person selling the pet, along with the publisher that publishes a non-compliant advertisement.
Members of the public will be able to access limited information on the Register, regarding advertisers of dogs and cats. Consumers will be encouraged to check the validity of a breeder or individual’s source number before they acquire a puppy, kitten, dog or cat.
Assistance is available by contacting Animal Welfare Victoria on email@example.com.
A set of FAQs and a helpful infographic can be downloaded below.
Do I need a source number from the Pet Exchange Register?
These requirements do not apply until 1 July 2019.
|I am a domestic animal business||Yes||Council registers for you|
|I am a member of an applicable organisation and I own ten or less dogs or cats for breeding||Yes||Self-enrol as a recreational breeder|
|I own two fertile females and I breed kittens/puppies to sell||Yes||Self-enrol as a microbreeder|
|I am a farm working dog owner and I want to advertise a dog for sale||Yes||Self-enrol|
|I am advertising that I am a breeder||No||–|
|I am advertising that my dog or cat is pregnant||No||–|
|I am advertising that I have dogs or cats for sale||Yes||Self-enrol if you don't have a source number|
|I am responsible for a community foster care network (e.g. coordinator, head, owner)||Yes||Self-enrol the organisation|
|I am voluntarily enrolled with council as a registered foster carer of cats and dogs||Yes||Council registers for you|
|I am advertising a dog or cat (any age) as free to good home or for a cost||Yes||Self-register|
|I am giving away or selling a dog or cat without advertising (e.g. giving it to a family member)||No||–|
This table is also available in PDF format: Do I need a source number from the Pet Exchange Register? (PDF - 648.1 KB)