From 25 August 2023, animal local laws have changed to assist the safe passage of koalas through the landscape, and reduce the number of koalas injured and killed by domestic dogs. These changes are a result of community feedback.
Every Gold Coast resident, no matter where they live, must prevent their dog from contacting and causing harm to a koala known to have entered their property.
There are specific requirements for dog owners who live in a designated koala area to help keep koalas safe. Enforcement action may apply for those not doing the right thing.
To find out if your home is in a koala area, use our interactive map.
All dog owners living in a koala area must ensure the area where their dog can access either:
If the property is more than 2000m2, there are some additional requirements. Dog owners must either:
Most dog owners will already meet these koala conservation requirements. To find out more, use our easy online tool or download the PDF.
Koalas and domestic dogs on the Gold Coast(PDF, 346KB)
The photo gallery below shows how you can help make your backyard safe.
To report a problem, such as inadequate fencing, complete a form online or call us on 07 5667 5990.
Koala-friendly fencing (Credit: Deidre de Villiers)
Koala-friendly fencing (Credit: Queensland Department of Environment and Science)
Koala-exclusion fencing (Credit: Fencing Guys Brisbane)