More information

If you have questions about any of the issues discussed on this site, you can call 136 186 for more information (but please ensure you have checked the FAQs first).

You can find the contact details for your State animal welfare authority in the table below. These organisations oversee animal welfare / domestic animal management at a State level. However depending on where you live, if you have a query about cats, it may be more appropriate for you to contact an organisation at the local level, such as your local council. For instance, in Victoria, you need to contact your local council (animal management or local laws department) if you have questions about your rights and responsibilities as a pet owner, or if you have any concerns about stray or nuisance cats.

The websites below will provide links to individual local council contacts within each State / Territory (if applicable).

State Authority Is cat registration mandatory? Is cat micro-chipping mandatory?

ACT

Territory and Municipal Services

No

Yes

NSW

Division of Local Government, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Yes

Yes

NT

Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services

No

No

QLD

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Yes

Yes

SA

Department for Environment and Heritage / Dog and Cat Management Board

No

No

TAS

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

No

No

VIC

Department of Primary Industries

Note: contact your local council for all pet related enquiries – find contact details here.

Yes

Yes

WA

Department of Agriculture and Food

Yes

Yes

Other sources of information about cat welfare and cat ownership include: your local vet or animal shelter, cat clubs/associations, libraries and bookshops, the Internet etc.

Cat overpopulation is a serious problem, and for this reason, a number of organisations have joined together to undertake the “Who’s for Cats?” campaign.

Some of the participating organisations and their contact details are as follows:

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,
Canberra. GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: 02 6272 3933
For more information about the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy

 

Animal Welfare Science Centre
Faculty of Land and Food Resources
The University of Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia 3010
Ph: 03 8344 8933
Email: awsc-info@unimelb.edu.au

 

Australian Veterinary Association
(Victorian Division)
AVA House, Suite 1219, 401 Docklands Drive
Docklands VIC 3008
Ph: (03) 9600 2930
E-mail: avavic@ava.com.au

 

Cat Protection Society
200 Elder Street
Greensborough, VIC 3088
Ph 9434 7155 or 9434 7255
E-mail: catprotection@bigpond.com.au

 

Department of Primary Industries (Bureau of Animal Welfare) 
Bureau of Animal Welfare
475 Mickleham Road
Atwood, VIC, 3049
Ph 9217 4347
Email: animal.welfare@dpi.vic.gov.au

 

Lort Smith Animal Hospital
24 Villiers St,
North Melbourne, VIC 3051
Ph 9328 3021
Email: info@lortsmith.com

 

The Lost Dogs’ Home 
2 Gracie St
North Melbourne, Vic 3051
Ph 9329 2755
Email: info@dogshome.com

 

Monash University
Caulfield campus
900 Dandenong Road
Caulfield East, Victoria 3145
Ph 9903 2000

 

Municipal Association of Victoria
Level 12
60 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Ph 9667 5555
Email: inquiries@mav.asn.au

 

RSPCA Victoria
3 Burwood Highway
Burwood East 3151
Ph 9224 2222
Email: rspca@rspcavic.org.au

 

Victorian Animal Aid 
35 Killara Road, Coldstream
Ph 9739 0300
Email: enquiries@animalaid.org.au