The State Government now requires regulated dogs to wear a specific type of distinctive red and yellow striped collar.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said currently regulated dogs had to wear a distinctive collar, but the appearance was not specified and there were inconsistencies across different local government areas.
“From 1 January, 2022 all regulated dogs in Queensland must wear a collar that has red and yellow angled reflective stripes,” Mr Furner said.
“We want the same collar worn everywhere, so we all know what to look out for.”
Regulated dogs include restricted breeds, declared dangerous dogs and declared menacing dogs.
Restricted breeds are dog breeds that are not permitted to be imported into Australia.
Declared dangerous and menacing dogs are dogs that have been declared by the relevant local council.
Mr Furner said making the distinctive collar mandatory would help promote responsible management of regulated dogs and allow local government officers and community members to quickly identify a regulated dog.
“If you are aware of a regulated dog not wearing a distinctive collar, call your local council and don’t approach the dog,” he said.
The changes followed consultation with local governments in partnership with the Local Government Association of Queensland.
For more information visit qld.gov.au/families and search for ‘regulated dogs’.