Companion Animals Act 1998 No 87
Current version for 5 December 2019 to date (accessed 15 August 2020 at 12:43)
Part 9 Division 3
Division 3 Access to Register
81   Access to Register to be provided free of charge
If a person is entitled to access information contained in the Register by this Division, the Departmental Chief Executive is required to provide that access free of charge.
82   Limited access by owners of companion animals
A person who is the owner of a companion animal is entitled to access information contained in the Register, but only for the purposes of notifying, in accordance with section 11, changes in the registration information or identification information for any companion animal owned by the person.
83   Limited access by members of public
Any member of the public is entitled to access information contained in the Register, but only for any of the following purposes—
(a)  to ascertain whether or not a companion animal is registered (that is, whether all registration information has been entered and payment has been made),
(b)  to verify that a microchip identification number is valid,
(c)  to find the details that correspond to a microchip identification number, namely, the breed, sex and age of the relevant companion animal and whether or not it has been desexed,
(d)  to verify that a breeder identification number is valid,
(e)  to find the details that correspond to a breeder identification number, namely—
(i)  the business name of the owner of any animal from whose litter the animal being researched was born, and
(ii)  the breed, sex and age of all companion animals on the Register that are recorded as having been bred by any owner of the animal from whose litter the animal being researched was born,
(f)  to verify that a rehoming organisation number is valid,
(g)  to find the details that correspond to a rehoming organisation number, namely, the name and address of the relevant rehoming organisation,
(h)  to ascertain whether or not a companion animal is required to have a permit,
(i)  to determine whether or not a permit is in force in relation to the animal and the date on which any such permit expires.
83A   Unrestricted access by Minister
The Minister and any person acting with the Minister’s authority is entitled to full and free access to information contained in the Register at all times.
83B   General access by Secretary of Department of Industry and persons authorised by that Secretary
(1)  The Secretary of the Department of Industry, and any person authorised by the Secretary for the purposes of the administration and enforcement of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979, are entitled to access information contained in the Register, subject to subsection (2).
(2)  The Departmental Chief Executive may give different degrees of access to the Register to different classes of persons referred to in this section, having regard to the different functions that they perform.
83C   General access by certain employees of local authorities
(1)  A local authority may approve an employee or class of employees of the local authority to be eligible to access the Register, either generally or only for the purposes specified in the approval.
(2)  An approved employee is entitled to access information contained in the Register, subject to the terms of the approval.
(3)  For the purposes of this section, the Departmental Chief Executive may, from time to time, prepare, adopt or vary guidelines relating to the exercise by a local authority of the function of approving employees under this section.
(4)  The Departmental Chief Executive may, by giving a written notice to a local authority, suspend access to the Register by any specified employee, or by all employees, approved by the local authority under this section.
(5)  A local authority may withdraw an approval under this section at any time and is required to notify the Office of Local Government of that withdrawal as soon as possible after it occurs.
(6)  When exercising functions under this section, a local authority is required to comply with any relevant guidelines issued under this section.
83D   Limited access by contractors approved by local councils
(1)  A council may approve a person whom the council engages to operate a council pound to be eligible to access the Register, to the extent provided by this section.
(2)  A person approved by a council under this section is entitled to access information contained in the Register, but only for the following purposes—
(a)  identifying any companion animal that has been seized or surrendered under this Act,
(b)  locating the owner of a companion animal in the custody of the person.
(3)  For the purposes of this section, the Departmental Chief Executive may, from time to time, prepare, adopt or vary guidelines relating to the exercise by a council of the function of approving persons under this section.
(4)  The Departmental Chief Executive may, by giving written notice to a council, suspend access to the Register by any specified person, or by all persons, approved by the council under this section.
(5)  A council may withdraw an approval under this section at any time and is required to notify the Office of Local Government of that withdrawal as soon as possible after it occurs.
(6)  When exercising functions under this section, a council is required to comply with any relevant guidelines issued under this section.
83E   Limited access by veterinary practitioners or their employees
(1)  A veterinary practitioner is entitled to access information contained in the Register, but only for the purpose of locating the owner of a companion animal in the custody of the veterinary practitioner or his or her practice.
(2)  An employee of a veterinary practitioner who is being supervised by a veterinary practitioner is entitled to access information contained in the Register, but only for the purpose of locating the owner of a companion animal in the custody of the veterinary practitioner or his or her practice.
83F   Departmental Chief Executive may approve other persons to access the Register
(1)  The Departmental Chief Executive may approve a person to have access to information contained in the Register.
(2)  A person approved under this section is entitled to access information contained in the Register, but only for the following purposes—
(a)  identifying any companion animal that has been seized or surrendered under this Act,
(b)  locating the owner of a companion animal in the custody of the person.
(3)  The Departmental Chief Executive may withdraw an approval under this section at any time.
(4)  Before withdrawing a person’s approval, the Departmental Chief Executive must—
(a)  notify the person of the proposed withdrawal of the approval, and
(b)  give the person a reasonable opportunity to make submissions to the Departmental Chief Executive in respect of the proposed withdrawal, and
(c)  have due regard to any such submissions.
(5)  The Departmental Chief Executive must cause a person whose approval is withdrawn to be notified of the withdrawal in writing. Withdrawal of an approval takes effect on the day on which the notice is given, or from a later day specified in the notice.
83G   Regulations can authorise general or limited access by other specified officers and persons
(1)  The following persons are entitled to access information contained in the Register—
(a)  the holder of any office prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this section,
(b)  a person who is a member of a class of persons prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this section.
(2)  The Departmental Chief Executive may give different degrees of access to the Register to different classes of persons referred to in this section, having regard to the different functions that they perform.
83H   Regulations—access to Register
(1)  The regulations may provide for the ways in which access to the Register can or must be given.
Note.
 For example, access to the Register could be by telephone or by electronic means.
(2)  The regulations may require the Departmental Chief Executive to keep specified records with respect to the access given to the Register under this Part and may provide for the persons who are entitled to access those records.
83I   Departmental Chief Executive may issue guidelines about access to Register
(1)  The Departmental Chief Executive may issue guidelines, not inconsistent with this Part, about the manner in which a person who is entitled under this Division to access the Register may access the Register.
(2)  A person who is entitled under this Division to access the Register is entitled only to the extent that the person complies with any guidelines issued under this Division.