Authority to implant a permanent identification device (PID) - Queensland

Service summary

You must be an authorised implanter if you implant a Prescribed Permanent Identification Device (PPID) in a cat or dog under the requirements of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Regulations 2009.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Authorised implanter
  1. (a) a veterinary surgeon who
    1. (ii) is not a prohibited implanter; or
  2. (b) a person who
    1. (i) has a qualification relating to the implantation of PIDs prescribed under a regulation; and
    2. (ii) has completed a course, about implanting PIDs, prescribed under a regulation; and
    3. (iii) is not a prohibited implanter.

a permanent identification device, or PID, means a microchip or other electronic device

  1. capable of being permanently implanted in a cat or dog; and
  2. designed to record information in a way that can be electronically retrieved.

a prescribed permanent identification device or PPID means: a PID that complies with the requirements prescribed under a regulation.

Eligibility requirements

Applicant must have pre requisite qualifications:

  • Veterinary surgeons- Bachelor of Veterinarian Science (or equivalent)
  • Others: qualifications relating to the care and handling of cats and/or dogs (including vet nurses, cat and dog breeders, council pound operators etc)

You must have completed an approved microchipping course:

  • Veterinary surgeons - approved course for Queensland registered veterinary surgeons in microchip implantation of cats and dogs.
  • Others - approved course in microchip implantation of cats and dogs.

Approved course currently offered by:

Animal Industries Resource Centre
Phone (07) 3289 1900

Brisbane North Institute of TAFE:
Phone 131 248

Australian Veterinary Association
Phone (07) 3423 1844

If you have completed other qualifications and/or microchip implantation courses, you may apply to have these recognised as equivalent qualifications/courses by completing an Application for recognition of an equivalent qualification and/or equivalent microchip implantation course.


No fees are payable for this authority.


Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Animal Biosecurity and Welfare

Act(s) name

Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Regulation 2009 (Queensland)

Contact details

Customer Service Centre
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries


13 25 23


07 3404 6999


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