As well as being sterilised, microchipped and registered with their local government, your cat will be required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure they can be easily identified and returned to you if they become lost. View the Cat Act 2011.
The Department of Local Government is responsible for administering the Act.
Pensioners only need to pay half the prescribed registration fee if they have a Pension Concession Card or both a Commonwealth Seniors Card and a State Seniors Card.
When a cat is sold or given away, the seller must ensure the cat is microchipped and sterilised prior to transfer. If the cat cannot be sterilised due to its health or age, the seller must issue a prepaid sterilisation voucher to the new owner.
Yes, the legislation applies to all cats of all ages. However, your vet can issue an exemption certificate if sterilising your cat is likely to have a negative impact on your cat’s health and welfare.
The City of Melville has a scheme that subsidises the cost of sterilising their cats to the value of $40 per cat. The subsidy can be claimed after the cat is sterilised by completing an application form and providing proof of sterilisation from the vet. This subsidy can only be claimed three times a property, and you must submit your claim in the same financial year that the cat was sterilised.
The City accepts no responsibility for any injury, loss or damage resulting from the scheme or any operation.
The legislation requires that a person who chooses to breed cats must apply to their local government for a permit.
Download the Application Form to Apply for a Permit (PDF) to breed cats. Once filled out mail, post or in deliver in person.
For more information view the Cat Breeder Fact Sheet (PDF).
A vet, vet nurse or a person with the relevant qualifications from a registered training provider is able to implant a microchip in your cat.
For more information on microchipping, contact your regular vet.
Microchipping your cat make it easier for you to be reunited if they were to get lost. Any ranger or vet can scan the microchip to reveal your contact details. If your cat is impounded and they are not microchipped, you may be liable for a fine.
When you register your cat, you will be required to provide proof that the cat has been microchipped by providing the microchip number. A person who fails to ensure their cat is microchipped may be liable for a penalty.