Queenslanders can still have their say on dangerous dog laws

Published Wednesday, 09 August, 2023 at 10:16 AM

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

  • More than 2650 survey responses and almost 200 written submissions
  • Proposals include jail time for serious attacks, bans on dangerous breeds
  • Consultation period open until Thursday 24 August

Queenslanders are being encouraged to join the thousands of people who have already had their say on helping to shape laws on dangerous dogs.

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

Queenslanders were invited to have their say on proposals such as a new offence with potential jail time for the most 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 here until Thursday 24 August.

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

The discussion paper on animal management laws 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:

“Queenslanders are passionate about their dogs and many of them have dogs as integral parts of their families,” Mr Furner said.

“Unfortunately some people fail to care for their dogs in a way that protects everyone’s safety.

“I’m grateful for the thousands who have already taken the time to share their input on these laws, and I hope many more will do so as well.

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

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

To view the discussion paper and have your say visit https://daf.engagementhub.com.au/dog-laws


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