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Dog control

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The Dog Control Act 2000 (the Act) provides the legislative framework for the management of dogs in Tasmania.   It primarily empowers the general managers of councils to enforce the provisions of the Act.

An outline of the requirements in the Act, and general information on dog ownership issues, are provided in the following pages:


General dog control issues

Dangerous dogs

Restricted breeds


This information is provided as a brief guide to the main requirements of the dog control legislation.
Dog owners, or persons in charge of dogs, should not rely on this information as a complete description of their rights and responsibilities under the legislation.

Amendments to the Dog Control Act 2000

In September 2019 the Government released a consultation draft of the Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019 and sought comment on the proposed amendments, which include:

  1. a new offence provision for instances where a dog injures or kills wildlife, which would carry a fine of up to 30 penalty units (currently $5,040);
  2. an increased penalty for taking a dog into a prohibited area containing sensitive habitat for native wildlife; and
  3. amendments to enable councils to allow for, and set conditions around, the exercise of greyhounds off-lead, in a declared exercise area.

The proposed amendments are further outlined in this Fact Sheet.

Public consultation on the Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019 occurred between 9 and 27 September 2019 and has now closed.

A total of 42 submissions were received from individuals and organisations.  Two submissions were provided on a confidential basis.

The Government has taken submissions into account and will introduce the Final Bill into Parliament during the Spring Session.


Submissions for the Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019 are available to view and download on the submissions page.

Dog Control Amendment Act 2017

The Dog Control Amendment Act 2017 came into effect on 20 December 2017.

The key changes to the Dog Control Act 2000 include:

  • allowing greyhounds that have graduated from an approved suitability assessment program to go without a muzzle while on a lead in a public place;
  • allowing councils to declare areas of council controlled land from which dogs are restricted permanently;
  • clarifying that commercial dog minding services require kennel licences;
  • requiring a dog owner to inform a council of their dog’s microchip number;
  • providing for a mandatory requirement that a dog owner is to inform the relevant council when a dangerous dog is transferred to its municipal area;
  • extending the time required to respond to a destruction of a dangerous dog notice from 14 to 28 days in line with the Magistrates Court (Administrative Appeals Division) Act 2001;
  • clarifying the Act to allow councils to seize and/or destroy a dog;
  • clarifying the effective control requirements for greyhounds, dangerous and restricted breed dogs, and all other dogs; and
  • providing clarity that persons carrying out primary production activities relating to livestock on rural land can destroy any dog found at large on that land.

Please see fact sheet Dog Control Amendment Act 2017 for more information.

Cat management in Tasmania

Domestic cats are a part of many households and are a valued companion pet to many people. The Tasmanian Government promotes responsible pet ownership. For information on cat management, please refer to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment at:

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE)
GPO Box 44
Telephone: (03) 6233 4031 or 1300 368 550

DPIPWE website for cat management.