Microchipping and desexing requirements

The following are requirements of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

Dogs and Cats must be microchipped before 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale.

Dogs and Cats born after 1 July 2018 must also be desexed before 6 months of age or within 28 days of ownership.

A veterinary surgeon may grant an extension of time to desex a dog or cat or exempt an animal from desexing or microchipping if it poses an undue risk to health or adversely affects the growth, development or wellbeing of the dog or cat.

Microchip details and desexing certification must be recorded on the statewide database Dogs and Cats Online.