Dog Registrations

Dog Registrations & Responsibilities

On 1st July 2018, the amended Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 came into effect which requires that all dog and cat owners, breeders in South Australia to :

  • Complete registrations and renewals online
  • Mandatory micro-chipping of dogs and cats by 12 weeks of age, this applies to new and existing pets - unless exempted by a vet.
  • Compulsory de-sexing of all dogs and cats born after 1st July 2018 must be desexed by six (6) months of age - unless exempted by a vet. Any other animal not desexed that changes ownership after this date, must be sterilised within 28 days of the ownership transfer.
  • All breeders who sells a dog or cat must register with the Dog and Cat Management Board as a breeder
  • Introduction of a state-wide database, called Dogs and Cats Online (DACO)

Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) is a new online service that links dog and cat registrations and details (including microchipping and desexing), control orders, accredited assistance dogs, racing greyhounds, and registered breeders.  Users and owners have 24/7 access to their personal details and dog and cat information including registration payments, microchipping and desexing information.

The new DACO system replaces the 68 individual council registers and will assist councils, shelters and the general public in reuniting lost pets with their owners.  For more information please visit


It is a requirement for every dog over the age of 3 months to be registered.

Dog and cat registrations in South Australia is required to be renewed annually - between 1 July and 31 August on the Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) statewide database.

To register a new dog you can log into DACO and provide the details.  If you have never owned a dog before you will need to create an account.  Please see for further instructions.

DACO gives dogs and cats an individual  permanent registration number and lifetime tag. This means that you will not get a new registration disc each year.  This number is carried with the animal for life regardless of a change of ownership or Council area.

If your registration disc has been damaged or lost you are able to purchase a new disc from the DACO website under your pets registration for a fee of $10. Alternatively if you do not wish to use the supplied disc you may purchase a metal disc from elsewhere and have it engraved with the dogs registration number.

Keeping Dog Registration Details up to Date

It is the owners responsibility to ensure your dog’s address and other details are up to date in DACO, including the event when the dog passes away, is missing for more than seventy-two (72) hours, is given to a new owner or is surrendered to the RSPCA or Animal Welfare League.

Understanding Fees

The Dog and Cat Management Act defines two categories of dogs, standard and non-Standard dogs:

  • standard dog is both microchipped and desexed meaning you receive a discounted registration fee.
  • non-standard dog is not microchipped and/or desexed attracting a full registration fee.

Concessions are available for working dogs and concession cards.

For current registration fees see Council’s website .

Further Information

Further information is available on the Council's website: and