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Is it mandatory to register domestic dogs and cats?

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Last updated: 26 Jun, 2015
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State

 name of relevant act/special conditions and requirements

 ACT

Only for dogs. A dog must be registered to a keeper if it is over the age of 56 days, has changed keeper for 28 days, or is owned by a person who has been a resident for 28 days. Domestic Animals Act 2000.

 NSW

Yes. A dog and cat must be registered to a keeper if it is over the age of 6 months. Companion Animals Act 1998.

 NT

 No.

 QLD

Yes for dogs. A dog over the age of 12 weeks must be registered.  For cats - in some council areas. Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.

 SA

Yes for dogs.  A dog of 3 months age must be registered. For cats - in some council areas. Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.

 TAS

Only for dogs. A dog over the age of 6 months must be registered. Dog Control Act 2000.

 VIC

Yes. A dog and cat must be registered if it is over 3 months old. Domestic Animals Act 1994.

 WA

Yes. A dog 3 months or older must be registered. Dog Act 1976. A cat over six months must be registered. Cat Act 2011.

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