Responsible Cat Ownership

As a cat owner you are responsible to ensure that your cat is well looked after.

In addition it is important that cat owners respect other people in the community. This can be achieved by keeping your cat adequately confined to your property to reduce complaints in relation to car accidents, noise, destruction of the environment and killing of wildlife.

The Cat Act 2011

The Cat Act 2011 took full effect from 1 November 2013.

The act provides for better management of the unwanted impacts of cats on the community and the environment, as well as encourage responsible cat ownership.

All cats that have reached 6 months of age to be:

  • Microchipped;
  • Sterilised; and
  • Registered with the relevant local government.

Cats will be required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure that owned cats can be easily identified and returned to their owner.


The Registration period is from 1 November to 31 October the following year.

As a cat owner you are now required to register your cat with the appropriate local government once it reaches 6 months of age.

You cat is also required to be sterilised and microchipped upon registration. Proof of sterilisation and microchip is required.

Cat Registration Fees


Full Concession
Sterilised $20.00 $10.00
Unsterilised $50.00 $25.00


Full Concession
Sterilised $43 $21.50
Unsterilised $120.00 $60.00


Full Concession
Sterilised $100.00 $50.00
Unsterilised $250.00 $125.00


Cat $100.00

Click here to download the Cat Registration Application Form.

Cat Breeders

Even if you wish to only breed one litter from your cat, you are considered a cat breeder.

If you are a current cat breeder or wish to become a breeder, you must apply for a permit from your local government. These permits are valid for 12 months. A fee is payable.

When a cat is sold or given away, you must ensure the cat is microchipped and sterilised prior to transfer.

If the cat cannot be sterilised due to its young age, you must provide a prepaid sterilisation voucher to the new owner.

Helpful Links

Department of Local Government and Communities - Responsible Cat Ownership page