Accreditation as an Authorised Identifier - New South Wales


You will need this accreditation if you intend to use microchip technology to identify companion animals (such as dogs and cats). You may require this accreditation if you are:

  • a veterinary practitioner
  • an animal welfare employee
  • a council employee that handles animals
  • a breeder.

If you are a qualified veterinary practitioner, you may apply for this accreditation by completing the necessary application form. If you are not a qualified veterinary practitioner, you must complete an approved training program before you are eligible for accreditation.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

If you are a qualified veterinary practitioner, you must:

  • be currently registered
  • be qualified and competent.

If you are not a qualified veterinary practitioner, you must:

  • pass an approved training course
  • be considered qualified and competent.


As specified


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You do not need to pay any fees.


Other resources

Act(s) name

Companion Animals Act 1998 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Companion Animals Regulation 2018 New South Wales

Application process


Approved training courses are provided by the following organisations:

  • NSW Technical and Further Education Commission (TAFE NSW)
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA NSW)
  • Animal Welfare League (AWL NSW)
  • any other approved organisation.

When you complete the required training, the registered training organisation will apply for accreditation on your behalf.

Approval time

Please allow 28 days for your application to be processed.

Administering agency

Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure

Office of Local Government

Contact details

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