Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, the following dogs are "restricted dogs" for the purposes of this Act:
- (a) American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier,
- (b) Japanese tosa,
- (c) Dogo Argentino,
- (d) Fila Brasileiro,
- (d1) any other dog of a breed, kind or description whose importation into Australia is prohibited by or under the Customs Act 1901 of the Commonwealth,
- (e) any dog declared by a council under Division 6 of this Part to be a restricted dog,
- (f) any other dog of a breed, kind or description prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this section.
Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, Council may also issue a Notice of Intention to declare a dog to be a restricted dog if it is of the opinion that a dog:
- (a) is of a breed or kind of dog referred to in section 55 (1) (a)-(d1), or
- (b) is a cross-breed of any such breed or kind of dog
A dog that is prescribed as being a Restricted Dog under the Companion Animals Act 1998 must obey certain control requirements that include but are not limited to:
- The dog must be desexed;
- The dog must be kept in an enclosure prescribed by the Companion Animals Regulation 2008;
- The dog must wear a muzzle when outside the enclosure;
- The property where the dog is kept must display 'Warning Dangerous Dog' signs, as prescribed by the Companion Animals Regulation 2008;
- The dog must wear a distinctive collar, prescribed by the Companion Animals Regulation 2008, at all times.
As part of Council's responsibility under the Act, regular inspections are carried out by Council to ensure that all requirements are obeyed.
If the control requirements are not obeyed, Council may enforce its powers under the Companion Animals Act 1998 in relation to the Control requirements for restricted dogs which may include but not limited to seizing the dog(s) and/or destroying the dogs.