Microchipping and microchipping law


It is now law for all dogs and cats to be microchipped.  The following explains the current council requirements for dogs and cats.

For dogs – The amended dog act 1976 states that it is compulsory for all dogs to be
- Micro chipped
- Registered with the relevant council...
Commencing 1st November 2013, any dog registered on or after this date is required to be micro chipped.
Dogs registered prior to 31st October 2013 need to be micro chipped by 1st November 2015.
All dogs need to be micro chipped by 1st November 2015.

For cats – The cat act 2011 requires all cats over the age of 6 months of age to be
- Micro chipped
- Sterilised
- Registered with the relevant council
This law came into place as of 1st November 2013.

Failure to microchip may result in penalties by the relevant council. Please check with your local council regarding these laws and penalties.

It only takes a few minutes to have a microchip inserted, followed by some paper work to send to the national registry.

Microchip needle (left) and microchip (right) (copyright 2012)

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin.

It can be done during a normal consultation or when under a general anaesthesia.

The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is placed onto a national computer database, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. In some states of Australia microchipping of pets is now compulsory.

If a pet is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The veterinary hospital, ranger or animal shelter can then refer to the database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so they can be reunited.

If your pet is not microchipped please ring the Duncraig Veterinary Hospital to make an appointment to have one inserted or chat to our friendly staff with any questions.   If you find a lost pet please call us to arrange a scan, we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.

Last updated 24.12.2019