Dog registration and microchipping

The Nhulunbuy (Animal Control) By-laws require that all dogs residing in Nhulunbuy and the Industrial Estate over the age of three months must be registered with the Nhulunbuy Corporation. Registrations must done in the name of a person over 18 years of age. All dog registrations are due on 1 November of each year.

As of 1 November 2016, the Nhulunbuy Corporation will also require all dogs kept in Nhulunbuy and the Industrial Estate to be microchipped.

The permanent identification (microchipping) and registration scheme greatly assists authorities in return lost and injured animals to their owners. Once microchipped and registered, your dog is protected for life.

How do I register my pet?

Step 1 – Permanent identification through microchipping
The microchipping procedure is no more painful than a vaccination and is carried out the same way.  A tiny capsule the size of a grain of rice is injected under the skin on the back of the dog’s neck. Gove Veterinary Services, Nhulunbuy PAWS and the Nhulunbuy Corporation each have scanners that read the digital number on the chip inside the capsule.  Microchipping can be arranged through Gove Veterinary Services.

Once your dog has been microchipped, then you need to register it with the Nhulunbuy Corporation by three months of age.

Step 2 – Registration with the Nhulunbuy Corporation
All new dog registrations must be submitted at the Nhulunbuy Corporation Head Office in Westal Street. Registration renewals can also be done online.

When you register your pet

You will need:

1.  A certificate of microchipping or a letter from your vet
2.  Proof of de-sexing from your vet or a statutory declaration
3.  Any documents which entitle you to a discount (ie. concession card)

Change of animal details

It is your responsibility as a companion animal owner to ensure that the Nhulunbuy Corporation’s record of your dog is up to date and correct.  Contact the Nhulunbuy Corporation on (08) 8939 2200 to update your details.

Changes that need to be notified are:

  • Address where the dog will be kept
  • Dog dies (notification within 28 days)
  • Lost dog for more than