Amendments to the Cat Management Act 2009

​​​​​Amendments to the Cat Management Act 2009 are changing the way cats are cared for and managed in Tasmania. 

​Some of the changes are commencing on 1 March 2021, with other changes commencing in March 2022 to give people time to adjust to the new requirements. Key amendments are summarised below:


Commencing ​1 March 2021 

Reclaiming cats from cat management​​​ fa​cilities 


A cat that is being cared for at a cat management facility must be microchipped and desexed before being reclaimed from the facility. 

Exemptions to microchipping will apply where a vet certifies microchipping may adversely affect the health and welfare of the cat; exemptions to desexing will apply to cats owned by registered breeders for the purpose of breeding or where a vet  certifies desexing may adversely affect the health and welfare of the cat.

The costs of microchipping, desexing and care of the cat at the facility are the responsibility of the owner of the cat. 

For further information see Councils and Cat Management Facilities.

Protection of private land from​​ stray and roa​ming cats 


A person is permitted to trap a cat on their private property provided the trap is checked at least once within every 24-hour period after the trap is first set. 

Within 24 hours of a cat being trapped, the cat must either be: 

  • ​returned to its owner;
  • taken to a cat management facility; or
  • ​taken to a nominee of a cat management facility. 

Bef​​ore setting a trap, a person should first contact a cat management facility to understand the facility’s processes for accepting a cat, operating hours, and any associated fees. You should not take a cat to a cat management facility without contacting the facility first. 

Under the Animal Welfare Act 1993, a person who sets a trap is responsible for the care and welfare of any animal that is caught in the trap and has a duty to take all reasonable measures to protect the welfare of the animal. 

A person who sets a trap is responsible for the care and welfare of any animal that is caught in the trap and has a duty to take all reasonable measures to protect the welfare of any animal caught in the trap. ​

Please read the TassieCat Guideline for the rules and processes related to trapping a cat in urban and peri-urban areas.

For more information see Controlling Stray and Feral Cats.

Please note: all cat management activities must be conducted in accordance with the Cat Management Act 2009​ and the Animal Welfare Act 1993. Penalties apply for inhumane activities and other breaches of these Acts.​

Humane destruction of cats ​


A person managing 'primary production land' or occupier of 'production premises' is permitted to humanely destroy a cat on 'primary production land' or at 'production premises'.

Persons undertaking lethal cat management action would need to comply with other relevant legislation, such as the Animal Welfare Act 1993 and the Firearms Act 1996.

For more information see Controlling Stray and Feral Cats.




Commencing ​1 March 2022 

Compulsory microchipping and dese​xing of cats

From 1 March 2022, all cats over the age of four months must be microchipped and desexed, unless a vet certifies that it would adversely affect the health or welfare of the cat. 

For more on microchipping and desexing of cats see Information for Cat Owners.

Keeping more th​​an​​ four cats 

From 1 March 2022​, a person must not keep more than four cats over the age of four months on their property without a permit.

A person wishing to keep more than four cats on a property will be able to apply for a multiple cat permit.

Further information on keeping more than four cats will be provided in the coming months. 

Please enter your contact details in the Register of Interest​ if you would like to be notified when further information becomes available on keeping more than four cats. Alternatively contact Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777.

Changes to b​​​re​​eder registration 

From 1 March 2022, the State Government will no longer be registering cat breeders. Anyone wishing to breed a cat in Tasmania will be required to be a member of a cat organisation or will have the option of applying for a conditional permit to breed a cat.

For more information on breeder registration see Breeding and Selling Cats

The option of a care agreemen​t on the sale of a cat will be rem​​oved 

From 1 March 2022, a person selling a cat will no longer have the option to enter into a care agreement on the sale of the cat. 

From this date, any cat that is to be sold or given away must be at least eight weeks old, desexed and microchipped, wormed and vaccinated prior to sale. In addition, written evidence of the results of a general health check must be provided by a veterinary surgeon.

Exemptions to microchipping will apply where a vet certifies microchipping may adversely affect the health and welfare of the cat; exemptions to desexing will apply if the purchaser is a registered breeder; or where a vet certifies desexing may adversely affect the health and welfare of the cat; or the purchaser is the holder of a cat breeding permit in relation to the cat.

For more information on care agreements see Breeding and Selling Cats.

Further in​​formation

Contact

Invasive Species Branch
Phone: 03 6165 3777
Email: invasivespecies@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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