Microchipping makes sure that dogs can be quickly identified, which is a big help if your dog goes missing or is stolen or injured.
All dogs registered after 1 July 2006, except working dogs, need to be microchipped.
New puppies and dogs
You are legally required to register a puppy by 3 months old and have it implanted with an approved microchip in the following two months. This requirement was introduced on 1 July 2006.
You must also get your dog microchipped if it is:
- classified as dangerous and/or menacing
- unregistered and impounded
- registered and impounded for a second time since 1 July 2006.
In these situations, you must supply your vet's copy of the implantation certificate.
Penalities for not microchipping
If you don't have your dog microchipped, you may:
- receive a warning or infringement fine of $300
- have your dog seized
- be prosecuted.
For more information on microchipping, visit:
Dog Control - Department of Internal Affairs