Registering your Dog

Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) 

From 1 July 2018, the majority of dog registrations and payments will be managed by the Dog and Cat Management Board via a new online portal called Dogs and Cats Online (DACO). It has been developed to provide added convenience to assist dog owners in South Australia better manage their pets and to allow owners to update important contact information online, via a secure account. It will importantly provide a centralised point for all dog registrations to streamline returning lost dogs to owners, even when travelling or holidaying in another council area.

Dog owners will be able to register their dog, upload certificates and update contact details from home or anywhere with internet access.

This new system replaces the 68 individual Council dog registers in a one-stop online service for all registration payments, microchipping, change of address details and change of contact details. It is accessible 24/7, including on mobile devices.

Registering Your Dog

Owners of currently registered dogs will receive a renewal notice in the mail during July 2018 with their dog's new lifetime registration disc (replacing annual disc sent out from Council) and instructions on how to complete their annual dog registration on DACO.

DACO will also assist Councils, shelters and the general public in reuniting lost pets with their owners. All dogs over the age of 3 months are required to be registered and then re-registered each year by the 31 August. If you adopt a dog older than 3 months of age it is required to be registered 14 days after becoming the owner.

Registration enables your dog to be identified and returned to you as soon as possible should it be found wandering.

Lifetime tag number

As part of the new changes, dogs will be assigned a unique lifetime tag number. Owners will have the option to use the tag provided by DACO or clearly engrave the number onto a tag of their choice. For new registrations, your registration tag will be posted out once you have completed your dog registration on DACO. 

Registration Renewals

Owners of registered dogs will receive a renewal notice in the post from Mid-July containing step-by-step instructions to assist you use the new online system. If you do not receive your renewal notice by August, please contact us.

You will require the following information:

  • Renewal notice with your unique code
  • Email address
  • Drivers licence (if applicable)
  • Any concession cards
  • Microchipping and desexing certificates if your dog has not previously been certified as desexed or microchipped.
    (Note: From 1 July 2018 it is mandatory for all dogs to be microchipped)

Please note: your dog is NOT registered until payment has been received.

Visit to renew your dog's registration.

Registering New Dogs

You will require the following information:

  • Email address
  • Drivers licence (if applicable)
  • Any concession cards
  • Microchipping and desexing certificates
    (Note: From 1 July 2018 it is mandatory for all dogs to be microchipped by 3 months of age or at the point of sale)
  • The registered owner must  be over the age of 16.

Visit to register your new dog.

Payment Options

Payments can be made directly via Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) at using your debit card, credit card or BPoint using your renewal code.

Alternatively, payments made by cash, cheque or EFTPOS only can be made over the counter by visiting one of our branch offices located in Nuriootpa, Lyndoch, Angaston or Mount Pleasant.

Dog Breeders

The State Government has introduced new laws regulating the breeding and sale of dogs and cats. These changes are designed to improve the standards in relation the breeding and sale of dogs and cats and reduce instances of puppy farms from within the industry. 

The most important changes to the law are:

If you are intend to breed a dog for sale from 1 July 2018, you must register as a breeder with the Dog and Cat Management Board. Breeders and sellers must adhere to the new South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals.

You must not sell a dog or cat unless it has been desexed (by 6 months of age) and microchipped (by 12 weeks of age) in accordance with the Act.

If you are a breeder and seller, any advertisement you place for the sale of a dog or cat must include your contact details and breeder registration number to provide some assurance to purchasers that the animal has been bred and raise in accordance with relevant standards and guidelines.

For more information, visit: Dog and Cat Management Board

Registration Classes and Fees

Certificates of desexing and microchipping must be provided as evidence and can be uploaded directly into DACO during the online registration process.

Standard Dog (Desexed and Microchipped) - $40.00

Standard Dog - Concession (Desexed and Microchipped) - $20.00

Standard Dog - Desexed, Microchipped and Trained - $32.00 

Standard Dog - Concession, Desexed, Microchipped and Trained - $16.00

Non-Standard Dog - (Not both Desexed and Microchipped) - $80.00

Non-Standard Dog - Concession (Not both Desexed and Microchipped) - $40.00

Working Dog - Working livestock dog - $23.00 

Racing Greyhound (GRSA Registered) - $23.00

Assistance Dog - $0


Concession Cards

DACO can automatically validate concessions, simply by entering your concession card number into DACO when registering your dog.

A 50% concession fee is available to persons who are holders of current:   Copy these out of Council report

  • Department of Veteran Affairs - Gold or White Card
  • Pensioner Card - All
  • Senior Health Card
  • Health Card

Working Livestock Dog

Working Livestock Dogs are used for droving or tending stock. A seperate declaration and Property Identification Code (PIC) is required to be completed to register your dog as a Working Livestock Dog.

Assistance Dogs

An assistance dog is defined as a dog trained for the purpose of assisting a person living with a disability.

The Assistance dogs Concessions will be applied after the dog has been approved by the Dog and Cat Management Board.

Contact the Dog and Cat Management Board on 08 8124 4962 or for more information.

Training rebate

A rebate is available upon presentation certification indicating that the dog has undertaken obedience training.

The dog must be able to:  

  • Walk on a loose lead in a distracting or unfamiliar environment; and
  • Recalls on command while off lead in an unfamiliar environment; and
  • Sit, drop and advanced stay on command; and
  • Remains calm and easily controlled around other people and other dogs; and
  • Displays greeting manners.

This rebate also extends to dogs used in a pets as therapy program or for the first year of registration for puppies that have completed a puppy pre-school class.

If you believe that your dog has been trained and meets these requirements, contact Council with your certification prior to registering your dog on DACO or pop into one of our Branch Offices.