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Desexing and Microchipping


On 6 July 2016 the Dog and Cat Management Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2016 was passed in Parliament.

The amended Dog and Cat Management Act includes the requirement for all new generations of dogs and cats to be desexed from 1 July 2018.

Working dogs and registered dog and cat breeders are exempt from the desexing provision.

The age at which dogs and cats will be required to be desexed and when this provision will commence will be included in the Regulations.

There will also be a phase in period for the new provisions.


Along with the general responsibilities of being a good dog owner, desexing your dog is a socially responsible thing to do.

The health and behavioural benefits of desexing will assist your dog to cope much better with stressful and challenging situations throughout its life.  Desexing is currently the only widely available, effective and permanent method of preventing unwanted pregnancy and puppies and is supported by the Australian Veterinary Association.

Good reasons for desexing your dog:

  • Takes away the risk of unwanted litters of puppies
  • Can reduce aggression towards people and other dogs
  • Desexed dogs are often healthier dogs as it can reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases of the reproductive organs
  • Desexed dogs are less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviours ie leg mounting
  • Can help to reduce territorial behaviour
  • Can reduce the urge to wander
  • Cheaper dog registration as councils offer a discount for desexed dogs

Click to download the Dog and Cat Management Board's fact sheet on Desexing

Desexing: the overlooked way to reduce dog attacks



The amended Dog and Cat Management Act also includes the requirement for all dogs and cats over a certain age to be microchipped from 1 July 2018.

The Regulations will include the information about when these provisions need to be undertaken, the age at which dogs and cats will need to be microchipped and more details about exemptions etc.

There will also be a phase in period for the new provisions.


What is a microchip?

A microchip is a tiny electronic chip approximately the size of a rice grain which has a unique identification number.  The microchip will last for the life of the animal and it is inserted under the skin at the back of the animals neck by a trained practitioner.  The microchip number is the link to the owner’s contact details which are held on a registry database.

Microchipping your cat and dog will make it easier for your council, animal shelter or vet to quickly reunite you with your pet in the event that your pet becomes lost.

It is important that you remember to update your microchip details if you move house or change contact details.

Click here to download the Dog and Cat Management Board's fact sheet on Dogs & Microchips

For more information visit Microchips Australia