Have your say on tougher dangerous dog laws

Published Sunday, 25 June, 2023 at 08:41 AM

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner

  • Palaszczuk Government releases discussion paper for public consultation
  • Proposals include jail time for serious attacks, bans on restricted breeds
  • Education campaign on dog safety
  • Consultation period open until Thursday 24 August

The Palaszczuk Government has released a discussion paper asking for community input on measures to crack down on irresponsible dog owners and keep the community safe from dangerous dogs.

Queenslanders are invited to have their say on proposals such as a new offence with potential jail time for serious attacks, a standardised state-wide requirement for all dogs to be effectively controlled in public places and the banning of restricted dog breeds.

Submissions on the discussion paper can be submitted until midnight on Thursday 24 August.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner convened the Government’s animal management taskforce to consider changes to legislation to protect the Queensland community.

Other proposed measures that encourage responsible dog ownership include on-the-spot fines for off-leash dogs and an education campaign with a focus on young people who were identified as vulnerable during the taskforce’s work.

The taskforce, made up of Mayors and Councillors from across Queensland, the Local Government Association of Queensland, RSPCA and senior Department of Agriculture and Fisheries officers, was established to undertake a targeted review of the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008.

The proposals to strengthen the current requirements are based on feedback provided by the taskforce and its technical working group.

The taskforce and the working groups have met fourteen times between them since the first taskforce meeting in August 2022.

The Strong Dog Laws: Safer Communities discussion paper is available on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries engagement hub website.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner:

“I created the taskforce to review our animal management laws because the Palaszczuk Government takes community health and safety seriously,” Mr Furner said.

“It’s time for Queenslanders to have their say on these proposed reforms, and I’m encouraging everyone to provide feedback on the discussion paper up until Thursday 24 August.

“Community feedback on this discussion paper will be vital in drafting new legislation.

“It is so important that we get this right to make sure any new laws meet community expectations.

"I’d like to thank the taskforce and technical working group for the hard work in contributing to these proposed reforms.”

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive officer Alison Smith said a key solution from councils in the consultation paper is to fast-track decisions and appeals on the future of seized dangerous animals.

“This is an opportunity for the community to say enough is enough – that Queensland needs to take tougher actions on irresponsible dog owners, and for there to be swift processes in place after a savage dog attack has happened,” Ms Smith said.

“Queensland councils want safe communities. Councils want dangerous dog breeds to be banned, tougher restrictions on irresponsible owners, and changes that will help reduce savage attacks in our neighbourhoods.

“Ratepayers would be alarmed to know that Queensland councils are being forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees because irresponsible owners are using the courts to drag out the fate of these dangerous animals after their dog has been impounded and a destruction order made.

“For too long, irresponsible dog owners have been able to hold the community and councils to ransom. That needs to change.”

To view the discussion paper and have your say visit https://daf.engagementhub.com.au/dog-laws. To obtain a copy of the discussion paper call 13 25 23.


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