Pet Exchange Register
The Pet Exchange Register is now open.
From 1 July 2019, any person or business who is advertising to sell or give away a dog, cat, puppy or kitten will need to be enrolled on the Pet Exchange Register.
The Pet Exchange Register will allow you to:
- Enrol for a source number
- Check the validity of a source number
- Report a non-compliant advertisement.
If you are a registered domestic animal business or voluntarily enrolled foster carer with your local council, there is no need to register as a source number will be provided to you before 1 July 2019 with instructions for use.
Note: The Pet Exchange Register’s requirements and associated offences do not apply to advertisements for Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) greyhounds, as they are exempt.
For further information, please see the GRV greyhound gazette notice (PDF - 334 KB).
From 1 July 2019, it is an offence to advertise a dog or cat for sale or to give away unless the advertisement includes the animal’s microchip number and a source number generated by the Pet Exchange Register.
Offences apply to both the person selling the pet, along with the publisher that publishes a non-compliant advertisement.
Victorians getting a new dog or cat are encouraged to check the validity of a seller on the Pet Exchange Register before they bring their new pet home. The Pet Exchange Register can also be used to report any advertisements which do not include a source number.
Assistance is available by contacting Animal Welfare Victoria by phone on 136 186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rescue organisation and Community Foster Care Network (CFCN) enrolments
Rescue organisations and CFCNs can easily enrol on the Pet Exchange Register for a source number. For more information on how to enrol on behalf of your organisation, download the following fact sheet:
Frequently asked questions
A set of FAQs and a helpful infographic can be downloaded below.
- Frequently asked questions (Vietnamese) (PDF - 165.0 KB)
- Frequently asked questions (Vietnamese) (WORD - 1.0 MB)
- Frequently asked questions (Chinese) (PDF - 172.7 KB)
- Frequently asked questions (Chinese) (WORD - 1022.2 KB)
Do I need a source number from the Pet Exchange Register?
These requirements apply from 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)