Microchipping your dog

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

  • reaching 12 weeks of age
  • being sold (seller's 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.

If your dog was born before 11 December 2010, you are not required to microchip you pet, however it is recommended.

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 out 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 the cost of dog registration.

Maintaining microchip information

Once microchipped, ensure your contact and address details are kept 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 dog, you are required to update the ownership details with the microchip registry. If you are unsure of how to do this, your vet can provide advice and assistance.