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Dangerous Dog Act in Australia

The Dangerous Dog Act in Australia demands that all restricted dog breeds, declared dangerous dogs and commercial security dogs must comply with the requirements mentioned below. Those who do not comply with each requirement must face a court imposed fine for each offense.

The Dangerous Dog Act for all Australian states are similar but may have differences in detail such as the amount for fines and other requirements. It is recommended that you learn about the act for dangerous dogs in your state. Below are some general facts that the owner must comply with if they own a declared dangerous dog or restricted dog breed.


Click your state and learn specific information about the Dangerous Dog Act.

Western Australia Dog ActVictoria Dog Act


Dangerous Dog Breeds - List of Restricted Dog Breeds

Most Australian States have listed the following dogs to be restricted dog breeds under the Dangerous Dog Act. Most of these dogs were bred from fighting dogs are are believed to be naturally aggressive if trained improperly. Some of them have been bred for hunting pumas and jaguars, large game hunting, and livestock control. The commonly known Pit Bull Terrier is popularly known to be bred for fighting as well as the Japanese tosa.

Dogo Argentino Whole Dogo Argentino Head
dogo Argentino (Argentinian Fighting Dog)
fila Brasileiro Whole file Brasileiro Head
fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Fighting Dog)
Japanese tosa Whole Japanese tosa Head
Japanese tosa
American pit bull terrier Whole American pit bull terrier Head
American pit bull terrier (Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull)
Perro de Presa Canario Whole Perro de Presa Canario Head
Perro de Presa Canario

Credits to WA Rangers Association (WARA) for the photos.
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All Dogs Can Be Declared Dangerous

Any breed of dog no matter what size can be declared a dangerous dog if they are proven to do the following:

  • • Cause injury or damage by an attack on a person, animal or vehicle.
  • • The dog has repeatedly or shown a tendency to attack.
  • • The dog attacks or chases a person, animal or vehicle even without causing injury or damage.

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Dangerous Dog Owner Requirements

  • • A Dangerous Dog must wear a Dangerous Dog Collar indicating it is a dangerous dog.
  • • An owner of a Dangerous Dog must install special Dangerous Dog Signs on all entrances of the premises. The design of these signs vary for each state.
  • • A Dangerous Dog must be muzzled and on leash at all times in public places by an adult capable of controlling the dog.
  • • A Dangerous Dog must be confined at an enclosure that will prevent escape, release without permission and a child from entering or inserting part of its body.
  • • Persons in charge of a Dangerous Dog in public places must not be under 18 years of age.
  • • A maximum of 2 restricted dogs per person.
  • • Owners must be at least 18 years of age.
  • • An owner is required a compulsory notification if they own a restricted breed dog.
  • • An owner must notify the local government if the dog escapes, dies or if there is a change in ownership.
  • • All restricted breed dogs must be sterilised.
  • • It is an offense to sell, buy or advertise to sell restricted breed dogs.

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The information contained on this page is meant as a general guide and general advice only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. We recommend people follow the instructions of their local government department. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date and should in no way be taken as an indication of future results. The Dog Line offers this information freely and takes no responsibility for its accuracy. For more details, please contact your local council.

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