When Does My Pet Have To Be Microchipped

Tasmania: Mandatory microchipping of dogs took effect from 1 July 2011. All dogs over six months of age must now be microchipped. Exemptions exist from compulsory microchipping for specified racing greyhounds specified hunting dogs and all working dogsIf your dog is not microchipped and strays or is lost, the council may microchip it, and recover the cost, before returning it to you. If you are buying a dog it is your responsibility to ensure that it is microchipped  either before you buy it or immediately after you take possession of it. 

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Victoria: All cats and dogs being registered with a Victorian local council for the first time must be microchipped prior to registration. You can be fined if you do not comply. In addition, councils have the power to require compulsory microchipping of all cats and dogs housed in their municipality. You should check with your local council as to what is required in your area. All cats and dogs aged three months and over must be registered with the local council. Laws are already in place requiring microchipping of restricted breed dogs, and declared menacing or dangerous dogs. It is also a requirement to microchip all cats and dogs when they are sold or given away from pet shops, commercial breeders and pounds or shelters. In the unusual event that the implantation of a microchip is likely to significantly prejudice the health of an animal, a supporting letter from a vet will exempt the owner from microchipping requirements.

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New South Wales: In NSW, all cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first. All cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be registered by six months of age. The registration fee is a once-only payment, which covers the cat or dog for its lifetime in NSW, regardless of any changes in ownership. You are encouraged to have your cat or dog desexed before registering it.

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Australia Capital Territory: All dogs in the ACT must be microchipped. Microchipping is not an alternative to registration and both are compulsory. Dogs can be microchipped by Domestic Animal Services, the RSPCA or any veterinarian. Microchipping is an effective way for animal shelters and vets to identify lost dogs and cats for quick return to their owners.

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Queensland: All dogs and cats born after 10 April 2009 must be microchipped before they are sold or given away. All regulated dogs must be microchipped regardless of when they were born. Microchips may be implanted only by a vet or other authorised implanter. When your animal is implanted with a microchip, the implanter must provide the microchip's unique number, the animal's information and your contact details to a licensed registry service. It is your responsibility to make sure these records are kept up to date. When the microchip is read or scanned (harmless to animals) it shows the microchip number which is linked to information about the animal, including its owner and the owner's contact details. This information is important if your animal is lost or impounded.

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South Australia: From 1 July this year, all dogs and cats in South Australia must have a microchip in place by the age of 12 weeks, or within 28 days of acquiring the animal. This requirement is one of the legislative changes aimed at reducing the number of dogs and cats ending up in shelters every year.


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Western Australia: The Cat Act requires cats to be microchipped by six months of age. Cats must be microchipped when they are transferred to a new owner (no matter what age). The Dog Amendment Act introduced provisions for dogs to be microchipped. This applies to dogs that have reached three months of age and to dogs that are transferred to a new owner (no matter what age).

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Northern Territory: If you are living in the Darwin municipality, your dog or cat must be registered if; your pet is over three months of age, your pet has been in Darwin for at least one month. Microchipping your pet is a condition of registration in Darwin. Microchips allow our Rangers, vets and RSPCA staff to quickly identify your pet by scanning it with a microchip reader.

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Where can I have my dog microchipped?

Your local council, a veterinary surgeon, animal welfare agencies like the Dogs Home or RSPCA, or a pet shop can either microchip your dog or provide you with information as to where you can have it microchipped.