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Registration fees

Current lifetime registration fees (valid for the cat or dog's lifetime) are as follows:

Registration type

Current Fee

Animal not desexed

Desexed animal


Animal not desexed under 6 months of age*


Animal not desexed kept by recognised breeder for breeding purposes


Desexed animal owned by eligible pensioner**


Desexed animal sold by eligible pound or shelter


Working dog


Cat born prior to 1 July 1999 where ownership has not changed (when the Companion Animals Act 1998 came into effect)


Assistance animal


Dog in the service of the State, for example, a police dog


Greyhound currently registered under the Greyhound Racing Act 2009



*Enables pet owners intending to have their cat or dog desexed to access the discounted registration fee. The pet must be desexed and the Pet Registry updated before the pet reaches 6 months of age.  If desexing does not occur, then the additional fee of $146 applies. Where the pet is not desexed or the additional fee not paid, the registration is cancelled and penalties may apply.

** An eligible pensioner includes a person in receipt of the aged pension, war widow pension or disability pension. If you are unsure whether you are an eligible pensioner, please contact your local council.


Are there any refunds for lifetime registration fees?

No. In NSW, registration is required once only and is valid for the animal’s lifetime.  As a result, it is not possible to obtain a refund if, for example, you have your animal desexed or your animal dies after you pay the registration fee.




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