Microchipping and registration - Shoalhaven City Council

Microchipping and registration

If you own a pet, there are two steps involved to register them. The first step is having your animal microchipped, the second step is to lifetime register your pet.

These two steps are a requirement under the Companion Animals Act and can help to reunite you if your pet is lost or missing.

Your pet must wear a collar and tag with your contact details.


Your pet should be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever comes first.  This is done by a vet or accredited implanter. The details must be entered onto the Companion Animals Register, which can be done by the vet or implanter at the time of the procedure.

The microchip has your pets identifying number on it that links your pet with you. This gives lost, injured or stolen pets the best chance of being reunited with their owner and avoids owner fines.

Microchipping is a legal requirement, go to Office of Local Government to find out what’s required.


Registering your pet is also a legal requirement, go to Office of Local Government to find out what’s required.

Discounts are available for desexed pets, eligible pensioners and cats and dog bought from certain rehoming organisations, including pounds and shelters. An eligible pensioner includes a person in receipt of the aged pension, war widow pension or disability pension.

Pet owners wanting to register assistance animals, working dogs or dogs kept for breeding purposes still need to register through your local Council.

If you can’t register online, please do not visit Shoalhaven City Council in person as the City Administration Centre at Nowra and the Branch Office at Ulladulla are closed to the public until further notice.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque or money order to Council with the Certificate of Identification to claim a reduced registration fee. A copy of the desexing certificate with microchip number and a copy of your pension card or breeder authority must be included with the appropriate registration fee.

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Phone: (02) 4429 3433
After Hours: (02) 4421 3100
Fax: (02) 4422 1816
E-Mail: Ranger Services 

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