Breeding and Showing in Australia

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These pages are included in the Nile Abyssinians site to provide general Australian information for overseas but also Australian visitors. We begin with our complex situation regarding governing/registering bodies, of which there are many. Just remember that Australia is a relatively recent (about 100 years) federation of states, and believes in competition, and you can guess what comes next!

Our governing bodies are state-based; each of the six states has at least two competing bodies, and each of the two territories has one. As a general rule, they recognize each other's titles and registrations, with the limitation that if certain breeds, colours or varieties are not accepted by a given association, then they cannot be re-registered with it.

There are two "umbrella" co-ordinating bodies, and each of the individual governing bodies is affiliated with one, but only one, of these. Such fraternal governing bodies often recognize even each other's Challenges, these being adult open class win certificates which are prerequisites for Champion and higher awards. Here now is a picture.

Two of the states also have Aby/Somali breed clubs.

Importing cats to Australia can be quite complex, though we can now import from most countries with just 30 days' quarantine, provided that the right procedures and preparations were undertaken. The requirements vary by country of origin, and can all be obtained  from AQIS (Australian Quarantine Inspection Service), which is located within the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Information on cat importation can be found at

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Australian Feline Co-ordinating Bodies


Australian Cat Federation (ACF)  

Web site
257 Acourt Road
Canning Vale WA 6155
Phone: 0407 852 012
; e-mail


Co-ordinating Cat Council of Australia (CCCA) 

PO Box 5052
Lyneham ACT 2602
Phone 0412 593 864
, e-mail

Web site

Australian State Governing/Registering Councils

For each council, the co-ordinating body affiliation is given in square brackets. International telephone numbers are given; overseas callers should replace the "+" by their international access digits (e.g., 011 in the US); Australian callers should replace the "+61" by 0.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

CCI (Capital Cats Inc.) [CCCA]


P.O. Box 826,  Jamison ACT 2614

Tel. (none given); e-mail

Web site


New South Wales (NSW)

NSW CFA (NSW Cat Fanciers Association, Inc.) [CCCA]

P.O. Box 379, St Marys NSW 1790

Tel: +61 2 9834 6577; e-mail

Web site


Cats NSW [ACF]


Web site


Northern Territory (NT)

CANT (Cat Association of the Northern Territory ) [ACF]
GPO Box 3870, Darwin, NT 0801 

Tel:  +61 407 452 947 ; e-mail
Web site


Queensland (QLD)


Cats Queensland Inc. [CCCA]
PO Box 2253, Chermside Centre, QLD 4032
Tel. +61 7 4637 0058, e-mail
Web site


QFA (Queensland Feline Association Inc.) [ACF]

PO Box 3097, Warner, QLD 4500
Tel. +61 7 5527 8188
; e-mail

Web site

QICC (Queensland Independent Cat Council Inc.) [ACF]

P.O.Box 9289 Wilsonton, QLD 4350
Tel. +61 437 570 036

Web site


FCCQ (Feline Control Council of Queensland, Inc.) [ACF]

P.O.Box 2128, Toowoomba QLD 4350

Web site


South Australia (SA)


GCCFSA (The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of South Australia) [ACF]


Tel: +61 8 8321 9255, e-mail

Web site


FASA (Feline Association of South Australia) [CCCA]

14 Legacy Crescent, Modbury North SA 5092

Tel. +61 413 905 240, e-mail

Web site


Tasmania (TAS)


CAT (The Cat Association of Tasmania) [ACF]

P.O.Box 93, Claremont, TAS. 7011
Tel. +61 434 133 171
; e-mail
Web site


CCCT (Cat Control Council of Tasmania) [CCCA]

27 Roebourne Ave, Hadspen, TAS 7290

Tel. (not given), e-mail  

Web site


Victoria (VIC)


FCCV (Feline Control Council of Victoria) [CCCA]

P.O.Box 110, Bayswater VIC 3153

Tel: +61 3 9720 8811; e-mail 

Web site


GCCFV (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of Australia and Victoria) [ACF]

PO Box 429, Craigieburn VIC 3064

Tel. +61 3 9752 4217; e-mail or

Web site


Western Australia (WA) [2.5 M]


COAWA (Cat Owners' Association of Western Australia Inc.) [ACF]

PO Box 135, Claremont WA 6910

Tel. +61 8 9384 2500; e-mail

Web site


Cats WA (Formally Feline Control Council of Western Australia) [ACF]

PO Box 915, Cannington WA 6107.
Tel. +61 8 9452 2885
; e-mail 

Web site

Cats United WA [CCCA]

Web site


Abyssinian/Somali Cat Clubs

The Abyssinian Breeder Club of Australia

Sydney, NSW

Tel: +61 2 9398 4998; e-mail or

Web site


Abyssinian and Somali Cat Club of Australia (formally Abyssinian Cat Club of Australasia)

Branxton, NSW

Tel: +61 475 916 218; e-mail  


Abyssinian and Somali Cat Club of Qld Inc. (formally Club 23)

Brisbane, QLD

Tel. +61 467 667 416

This page was last updated on 29-June-20

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