Relevant State and Territories COP’s 

The move is on everywhere to increase regulations in dog breeding.

All members should know what their legal obligations are and we have created this page to provide all available information to each and every member of the AAPDB.

In future new members will be required to download their relevant State or Territory COP as part of the requirement for Probationary Membership. We are advising all our Full members and existing Probationary members to please familiarise your selves with your relevant COP , download a copy . If you are not up to code then PLEASE “start working towards Compliance” in all areas.

As of the 1st July 2019 it will be illegal to sell advertise a dog (or cat) for sale without a microchip number or Breeder Identification. AAPDB Members can use their AAPDB membership number so it is not a problem for us and we welcome this development BUT it will create more pressure for people to SCAM your membership number.

We now have a new page called “SCAM WATCH” following the SCAMMING of several members, We strongly suggest that our members regularly add their membership number into the google search bar and report all fraudulent activity.

We are an Australian Wide Association but until we are recognised in all States and Territories , each State and Territory are currently making a personal choice on preference, most are accepting our status ,We are in the process of applying to each State and Territory for Recognition as an accepted Breeder Body.

In recent times the Victorian Government have introduced the most stringent Breeder Regulations in Australia, we will add the Victorian COP and POCTA on this page with all other links but will shortly be adding a page for our Victorian members to provide as much detailed information as possible.

A Message from the NSW Chief Animal Welfare Officer.

Pet’s play a central role in family life in NSW for many people , and ensuring the welfare of our cats and dogs is a key part of our responsibility as pet owners.

The NSW Government continues to make changes to improve welfare outcomes for our companion animals in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Companion Animal Breeding Practices.

If you are involved in buying, selling, rehoming or adopting cats and dogs, there are specific changes you need to be aware of.

  • From the 1st July 2019, if you are selling or giving away kittens, cats, puppies or dogs, you will need to include an Identification number in any advertisements. The Identification number can be either:
  • a microchip number
  • a breeder identification number OR,
  •  a re-homing organisation number.

This new rule applies regardless of:

  • the age of the animal
  • the place you plan to advertise
  •  whether you are a hobby breeder or professional breeder, or your cat or dog has had an accidental one-off litter
  • whether or not you bred the animal
  • whether or not the animal you are re-homing has been born yet.
  • If you advertise a cat or dog for sale from the 1st July 2019, an do not use an identification number, or you falsify a number, you could be issued with an on-the-spot fine or face court, where a maximum penalty of $5,500 applies.

To read the full article please follow this link here .

This will also give you a link to the NSW Pet Registry. 

Please also be aware of Animal diseases that can also infect humans




Links to Relevant COP’s



Companion Animal Welfare 

Companion Animal Task force

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Code Of Practice- Breeding Cats and dogs in N.S.W

Companion Animals Act 1988

Registration fees N.S.W

Prevention of cruelty to animals – amendments 2020


Dog Control Act 2000


Animal Welfare Regulations 2016

Animal Welfare Guidelines

FAQS: Proposed Animal Welfare Standards for Dogs

Tasmanian Legislation

South Australia


New Standards for Pets in South Australia

Breeding Dogs and Cats

 Dog and Cat Board

Animal Welfare Act 2012


Laws for Pet owners in Queensland 

Dog Breeder Standards and Guidelines

Registering as a Dog Breeder in Qld

Compliance and enforcement

Selling Dogs in Queensland

Queensland Dog Breeder Fact sheets 

Dog Breeder Registry 


Animal Management Act 2008 Dogs and Cats

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 

Northern Territory


Darwin Pets and Wildlife

Legislation- Animal Welfare Act 1999

Responsible Pet Ownership Darwin



Animal Management within A.C.T

Consumer Protection Legislation A.C.T

Breeding Standard – Section 15B Animal Welfare Act 1992

Code of Practice A.C.T

Western Australia

New Draft Legislation for W.A

Dog Act – Code Of Practice W.A

Heath and Welfare of Dogs in Western Australia

Stop Puppy Farming

Animal Welfare Act 2002

Animal Welfare

Approval to breed dogs in W.A

Draft Standard and guidelines for Breeding Dogs


Domestic Animal Business

Puppy Farm Legislation

Legal Requirements for dog owners

Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Dogs

Code of Practice for the Breeding of Animals with heritable Defects that cause Disease.

Animal Shelters and Pounds

Pet Exchange Register

Code of Practice for Breeding Dogs and Cats – Victoria

Commercial Dog Breeders

Commercial Dog Breeder – Annual Reports

Link to Breeder Templates for Records in Victoria


The Rules have Changed .

As of the 1st July 2019, you cannot sell a dog, cat , kitten  or puppy without a microchip number or Breeder Identification Number. 



“Pet’s play a central role in family life in NSW for many people, and assuring the welfare of our cats and dogs is a key part of our responsibility as a pet owner.”



As of the 1st July 2019, if you are selling or giving away kittens,cats, puppies or dogs, you will need to include an Identification Number. This number can be either :

  • a microchip number
  • a breeder Identification Number
  • a re-homing organisation number.

As of the 1st July if you do not use an Identification number, or falsify a number, you could be issued with an on the spot fine, or face court proceedings where a maximum $5500 penality will apply.



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