Pet Exchange Register

From 1 July 2020, the source number of the breeder of any dog or cat, or the source number of the council pound, animal shelter, pet shop or foster carer that owns the animal will be required when implanting a microchip into a dog or cat born after that date.

The Pet Exchange Register allows you to:

  • enrol for a source number
  • check the validity of a source number
  • report a non-compliant advertisement.

Access the Pet Exchange Register

If you are a registered domestic animal business or voluntarily enrolled foster carer with your local council, there is no need to register as your local council will register on your behalf.

Legal responsibilities

It is an offence to advertise a dog or cat for sale or to give away unless the advertisement includes both:

  • the individual animal’s microchip number
  • a source number generated by the Pet Exchange Register.

Offences apply to:

  • the person selling the pet
  • the publisher of the non-compliant advertisement.

Victorians getting a new dog or cat should 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 advertisements without a source number or the individual animal's microchip number.

Assistance is available by contacting Animal Welfare Victoria by phone on 136 186 or per@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Greyhounds sold by Greyhound Racing Victoria

The Pet Exchange Register’s requirements and associated offences don't apply to advertisements for Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) greyhounds — they are exempt.

For further information, please see the GRV greyhound gazette notice (PDF, gazette website).

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.

To find out how to enrol on behalf of your organisation:

Frequently asked questions

A set of FAQs and a helpful infographic can be downloaded in several languages:

English

Vietnamese

Chinese

Arabic

Source numbers

Find out if you need a source number from the Pet Exchange Register:

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Seven dogs in housingYes, you need to register.

Council registers for you.

Dog with kittens in homeYes, you need to register.

Self-enrol as a recreational breeder.

Two dogs with kittens in homeYes, you need to register.

Self-enrol as a microbreeder.

Farm working dog with windmill and cattle in backgroundYes, you need to register.

Self-enrol.

Laptop with cat and dog on screenNo, you don't need to register.

Dog with kittens in homeNo, you don't need to register.

House

Yes, you need to register.

Self-enrol the organisation.

Dog with puppies in house

Yes, you need to register.

Council registers for you.

Cat and dog on laptop screen

Yes, you need to register.

Self-enrol.

Kitten and puppy in box

Yes, you need to register.

The source number of the breeder, council pound, animal shelter, pet shop or foster carer that owns the animal will be required when implanting a microchip into a dog or cat born after 1 July 2020.

Page last updated: 07 Aug 2020