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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:
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.
The Government has released a consultation draft of the Dog Control Amendment Bill 2019 and is seeking comment on the amendments, which include:
The proposed amendments are further outlined in this Fact Sheet.
Submissions are to be made in writing and are to be provided either by email to email@example.com or by post to
Local Government Division
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 123
HOBART TAS 7001
All submissions must be received by close of business on Friday, 27 September 2019.
All submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on DPAC’s website once consideration of the submissions has concluded. However, if you wish your submission to be treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please note this in writing at the time of making your submission, and clearly indicate which parts of your submission are confidential, and advise the reasons as to why.
Please note that your name, or the name of your organisation making a submission, will be disclosed unless you request otherwise. In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), DPAC will treat the submission as public.
By law, information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons will be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure.
Should you have any questions regarding the consultation on the draft Amendment Bill, please contact DPAC’s Local Government Division by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on (03) 6232 7022.
The Dog Control Amendment Act 2017 came into effect on 20 December 2017.
The key changes to the Dog Control Act 2000 include:
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
HOBART TAS 7001
Telephone: (03) 6233 4031 or 1300 368 550