Legislation came into effect on 1 July 2006 that requires dogs to be micro-chipped within two months of their first registration.

The legislation was brought in to make it easier to reunite lost dogs with their owners, as well as to help us keep track of problem dogs and their owners. The microchip provides a secure, life-long identification for your dog.

You must microchip dogs that are:

  • Being registered for the first time
  • Impounded and unregistered
  • Impounded a second time since 1 July 2006
  • All of the following breeds: 
    • Brazilian Fila
    • Dogo Argentino
    • Japanese Tosa
    • Pitt Bull Terriers or predominantly Pitt Bull types
  • Classified as dangerous or menacing by action since 1 December 2003


Working farm dogs do not need to be micro chipped although you may need to prove that this applies to your dog. If your dog is impounded while unregistered, it may be micro chipped.

Failure to microchip 

If your dog is not micro-chipped within two months of its registration, you may be issued a $300 infringement notice.