Registration and microchipping
When your dog reaches three months of age in Victoria, they must be registered with your local council and that registration needs renewal every April. If your dog hasn’t been registered before, they’ll also need to be microchipped first.
This involves your veterinarian implanting a small computer chip in your dog that contains your contact information and your dog’s details. Microchips last the life of your pet and help you be reunited with your furry friend if they ever get lost.
Local councils set registration fees and you may be eligible for a discount if your dog is de-sexed, over a certain age, or meets other criteria. We recommend contacting your local council to find out what its pet registration fees are.
Registration fees help your council fund things like:
- Dog parks and animal shelters;
- Animal management staff who patrol local parks, check animal welfare standards in businesses like boarding kennels, and help return lost dogs to their owners;
- Pet safety education courses for schools;
- Responsible pet ownership publications and courses;
- And more
With the RACV Pet Insurance optional ‘Tender Loving Care’ benefit, you can claim the cost of your dog’s council registration or microchipping up to the annual limit of $100.