Dog and cat registration fees
Note: Registration fees vary by municipality – contact your local council to confirm pet registration fees for your area.
A new fee schedule for pet registration (under the Domestic Animals Act 1994) was introduced on 11 April 2013:
- Members of the community with unregistered dogs and cats can no longer attract a reduced registration fee for microchipping alone.
- This change does not affect pets registered prior to 11 April 2013.
Why has the reduced fee for microchipped animal registration been removed?
Microchipping has been compulsory for new registrations for over five years, it is now time to focus on the up-take of other forms of responsible pet ownership.
Owners of desexed cats or dogs already qualify for a reduced registration fee. Since the introduction of mandatory microchipping for new registrations, there has been a reduction in desexing.
How can new pet registrations qualify for the reduced fee?
An owner registering a dog or cat for the first time with their council will not be entitled to the reduced fee for microchipping their pet.
However, there are other criteria for receiving a reduced fee on new registrations. If your animal meets one or more of the following you will be eligible for a reduced fee.
If the animal is:
- over 10 years of age, or
- part of a domestic animal business or applicable organisation, or
- a dogs that has undergone training by an approved dog obedience training organisation, or
- a farm working dog, or
- a hound registered with the Game Management Authority.
Applicable organisations are:
- Australian National Cats Inc.
- Dogs Victoria
- Feline Control Council (Victoria) Inc.
- The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc.
How does this affect owners who already get a reduced fee due to microchipping?
It will not affect people if they stay within the same local council area and continue to renew the registration on an animal.
The removal of the reduced fee for microchipped animals registration is only effective for registrations occurring on or after 11 April 2013.
Anyone who receives a reduced fee for other criteria (e.g. the animal is desexed or over 10 years of age, see above) will continue to receive this discount.
What if my animal has been previously registered but I move to a different council area?
If you move to a different council area your registration will be regarded by that council as new. This means the reduced fee for microchipped animals will not continue. However, if your animal is desexed or meets other criteria, outlined above, the reduced fee will still apply.
My council also has mandatory desexing, will this mean that new registrations cannot receive the reduced fee?
No. Desexing, whether mandatory or not, entitles the owner to a reduced registration fee.
The Domestic Animals Act 1994, as well as a range of other relevant information, can be downloaded from the following links.
- Animal welfare legislation
- legislation.vic.gov.au click on 'law today' then select Acts beginning with 'D'.
For further information please phone the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.