Dog Registration


New laws for cat and dog owners will come into effect in South Australia on 1 July 2018.

The laws and rules include:

  • Mandatory microchipping of cats and dogs
  • Desexing of dogs and cats born after the 1 July 2018
  • New rules for breeders who sell dogs and cats
  • Introduction of a State-wide database called Dogs and Cats Online

These new laws and rules will simplify the dog registration process, make it easier to reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners, help identify and put a stop to puppy farms and reduce euthanasia rates.


From 1 July 2018, it will be compulsory for all dogs and cats to be microchipped.  This applies to all existing dogs and cats as well as new dogs and cats (by 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale).  If your dog is microchipped before renewing your 2017-18 registration, provide the microchip information and you will be eligible for the additional rebate on your registration.


Desexing will be compulsory for all dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018.  From this date all new generations of dogs and cats (born after 1 July 2018) must be desexed by 6 months of age or 28 days after purchase by the owner (unless exempted under the Act or if it is an existing dog or cat born before 1 July 2018).


People who breed dogs and cats for sale after 1 July 2018 must register with the Dog and Cat Management Board as a breeder.  Your breeder registration number must be included in all advertisements for all dogs and cats.  There are new requirements to disclose the breeder registration number and other information to the buyer at the point of sale.  All breeders are required to follow the new industry standards and guidelines.

DACO - Dogs and Cats Online  

From 1 July 2018, a new State wide system called Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) will be the new way to register your dog and record your cat's microchip details.  Dog registration, along with the way you manage your pet dog or cat's microchip, and record health and breeder information, will be simplified with the introduction of a new State wide website.  DACO will be the central point for all your dog registration payments and information, replacing the 68 individual council systems and private microchip databases currently in place.  Please visit for more details.  To get ready for DACO, please take the time to update your contact details, mobile number and email address through the Council.

Discount Microchipping  

Discount microchipping days are offered throughout the State at various times of the year.  Visit or or visit your local vet for more details.

Dog and Cat Laws - Penalties  

Doing the right thing will not only make you a responsible pet owner but also help avoid the new and increased penalties.  New penalties are set by the SA Government's Dog and Cat Management Board.

Expiation fee for not registering your dog   $170 (previously $80)
Expiation fee for dog attack   $315 (previously $210
Expiation fee for wandering at large   $210 (previously $80)
Failing to microchip your dog (from 1 July 2018)   $170
Failing to desex your dog (from 1 July 2018)   $170

Related link - Cat Management

The Rural City of Murray Bridge Dog Registration Fees Guide 2020-21