In accordance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008(PDF, 783KB) cats and dogs must be microchipped before:

  • reaching 12 weeks of age
  • being sold (seller responsibility)
  • being given away (responsibility on the person giving away the animal).

Microchipping can only be done by an authorised microchip provider such as a vet.

If a dog is lost and is not wearing its registration tag, Council can identify its owner from the microchip.

Benefits of microchipping

  • one in three pets will become lost at some point in their lives, a microchip is their best chance of being reunited with you
  • microchips don’t wear off or fall off, they are a permanent form of identification
  • it is a small cost compared to the fine you could receive for not microchipping your pet
  • if your dog is desexed, microchipping will further reduce your registration.

Microchipping existing pets

If your cat or dog was born before 13 November 2010 you are not required to microchip your pet, however it is recommended.

Maintaining microchip information

Once microchipped, ensure your contact and address details are current with both Council and the company in which your microchip was provided.

Fines apply if your dog is not microchipped or if the details are not current.

If you decide to sell or give away your pet you are required update the ownership details with the microchip registry. If you are unsure of how to do this your vet can provide advice and assistance.