15-25 – Increase to companion animal registration fees in line with CPI

What’s new or changing

  • From 1 July 2015 cat and dog lifetime registration fees will increase in line with the Consumer Price Index, as recommended by the Companion Animals Taskforce, and outlined in Circular to Councils 13-54.

What this will mean for your council

  • The new fees are:
    • Desexed animal:$52 (from $51)
    • Non-desexed animal:$192 (from $188)
    • Breeder concession:$52 (from $51)
    • Pensioner concession (desexed animal only) $21 (from $20).

Key points

  • A notice under the Companion Animals Regulation 2008 specifying the new fees has been issued – see the Notification-Gazette for the week beginning 15 June 2015.
  • The Companion Animals Register has been modified to allow councils to apply the new lifetime registration fees from 1 July 2015.
  • Both the old and new fee structures will be maintained on the Register to allow councils to correct registration details for existing records and catch up on data entry backlogs (ie: where fees have been receipted before 1 July 2015 but not entered on the Register).
  • Councils and registration agents must not apply the old fee for any cat or dog registered on or after 1 July 2015.
  • The current R2 – Lifetime Registration form should be used as the references to the fee amounts were previously removed.

Where to go for further information

  • Information relating to the processing of registration fees is available in the Guideline on the Exercise of Functions under the Companion Animals Act, which also can be downloaded from the Office’s website at

Marcia Doheny
Chief Executive