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New Laws for Dog and Cat Owner

Thursday 26 Apr 2018
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New Dog and Cat Laws

New laws for dog and cat owners in South Australia will be introduced from 1 July this year.

The changes aim to improve the welfare of dogs and cats, make it easier to reunite owners with their lost pets, and simplify the registration process.

Key changes introduced by the Dog and Cat Management Board are:

  • All dogs and cats must be microchipped by 1 July 2018
  • All dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018 must be desexed
  • Introduction of centralised online registration, replacing Council registration

For details, visit the Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) section of the Dogs and Dog and Cat Management Board website.

Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for registration details, microchip and breeder information.

Cats do not need to be registered.

Marion Residents

Marion residents will be able to register their dogs from 13 July when renewal notices are distributed by the Dog and Cat Management Board. The notices will include instructions for online registration and a lifetime registration disc.

People without internet access can still register their dogs through the City of Marion.

More information is available on the Dog and Cat Management Board website.

Benefits of Microchipping
  • Reuniting lost pets with their owners
  • Owners are encouraged to take advantage of discount microchipping days. Visit for dates and locations and to make a booking
Benefits of Desexing
  • Preventing unwanted litters
  • Reducing the number of dogs and cats being euthanised
  • Desexed dogs and cats roam less, can be less aggressive and less prone to certain diseases

Dogs and Cats Online

  • Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) is a one-stop online service for registration payments, microchipping and breeder information
  • Dogs and Cats Online has replaced the 68 individual council dog and cat registers and serves as a single online database, accessible 24/7
  • Pet owners can instantly update registration or microchip details if they move house or change phone numbers, and pay annual registration fees
  • Pensioners and other concession card holders can obtain discounts online. They will no longer need to travel the Administration Centre to pay registration fees

For more information, visit the Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) website (available mid July)


Increased fines can apply for owners who do not registers and microchip their pets.

New Rule for Breeders

New rules for breeders include:

  • Registering with the Dog and Cat Management Board
  • Adding their registration details to adverts
  • Adhering to new industry standards

The changes aim to reduce the number of unwanted pets and improve their welfare.