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Microchipping & registration

  • What is microchipping?

    A microchip contains a unique 15 digit identification number and is quickly implanted under your pet’s skin between the shoulders.

    If your animal is found and the microchip is scanned, your pet can be identified.

    Microchips may be implanted only by a vet or other authorised implanter.

    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.

    If your dog or cat is not microchipped fines may apply.

  • When to register

    In Queensland, all dogs must be registered with council:

    • before they are 12 weeks old
    • within 14 days of moving to a new local council area or taking over ownership

    Working dogs are an exception to this requirement in the Central Highlands. However, a working dog declaration form should be completed. Hunting dogs are not classified as working dogs and therefore need to be registered as a domestic pet.

    Registration can be done at any time of the year. Renewals due at the start of each financial year.

  • How to register

    To register your dog, just complete the application form and call into your local council office.

    You will need to bring your pet’s microchip certificate or proof of payment, proof of desexing (if this applies to your animal) and any concession card should you be seeking a pensioner rate.

    If your dog is not implanted with its prescribed permanent identification device (PPID) (microchip) at time of registration, you will need to have this done within 14 days of registration to comply with the relevant sections of the Animal Management Act 2008 or you may be subject to on the spot fines, maximum penalty 20 penalty units.’

    If you change address, contact details or sell or give away your pet, you must notify council.

    If your dog is not registered fines may apply.

  • Registration fees

    The registration fees for 2019-20 are:

    Description Cost
    Entire animal $100
    Desexed OR microchipped $30
    Desexed AND microchipped $20
    Pensioner – entire animal $45
    Pensioner – desexed $20
    Regulated dog fee $700
    Guide dog/hearing dog – registration required but no fee charged $0
  • Central Highlands Cooperative Desexing Program

    In early 2019, Central Highlands Regional Council partnered with Animal Welfare League Qld’s National Desexing Network (NDN) to launch a subsidised pet desexing program.

    The program aims to help people in the Central Highlands’ region experiencing financial hardship afford to have their pets desexed.

    Those people that meet the eligibility criteria will pay just $55.00 to desex their male cats and $65.00 for female cats, and $50.00 to $80.00 to desex their dogs (depending on size), while funds in the program last.

    Microchipping is available for an additional $5.00 with desexing.

    People looking for this support can phone the National Desexing Network on 07 5509 9044 to find out if they are eligible and receive a voucher to take to a participating veterinarian.

    Local veterinary clinics supporting the program include Emerald Veterinary Surgery, Blackwater Vet Clinic and Kyarra Holdings Vet Surgery in Rolleston.

  • Multiple animal permits

    In urban areas you can have up to two dogs. A permit may be granted for up to three dogs.

    If you would like to apply to keep additional animals, please fill out the relevant form below and submit at your local council office.

    Permit fees:

    Description Cost
    Multiple Animal Permit Application $92
    Multiple Animal Permit Annual Renewal Fee $51

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