Under new Queensland legislation all regulated dogs, including restricted breeds, declared dangerous dogs and declared menacing dogs, are now required 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 this replaces previous legislation where the appearance of the required collar 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.”
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.