Microchipping

Microchipping makes sure that dogs can be quickly identified, which is a big help if your dog goes missing or is stolen or injured.

Dog being scanned with a microchip scanner.

Microchip scanner

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.

Other dogs

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.

More information

For more information on microchipping, visit:

Dog Control - Department of Internal Affairs