Sections 18 and 18A of the
Dog Control Act 2000 were amended on 20 December 2017 providing provisions for non-racing greyhounds to be un-muzzled in public if they had been accredited by an approved suitability program.
Section 18A is reproduced below:
Section 18A. of the Principal Act - Approval of greyhound suitability program
(1) The Director of Racing may approve a program in respect of the training and assessment of greyhounds for suitability to be without a muzzle when not on premises at which the dog is usually kept.
(2) In deciding whether to approve a program under subsection (1), the Director of Racing may seek advice from –
(a) a veterinary surgeon with expertise relating to greyhounds; or
(b) any other person the Director sees fit.
(3) The Director of Racing may refuse to accept a program for approval.
(4) In this section – Director of Racing means the Director of Racing appointed under section 5 of the Racing Regulation Act 2004.
Who can approve my greyhound to go un-muzzled in a public place?
The following organisations have been approved by the Director of Racing as at 24 May 2022 to approve your greyhound:
|Office of Racing Integrity (ORI)|
(Only for greyhounds rehomed prior to 17/12/2018)
|Purple Collar with ORI logo|
|Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP)||Green Collar with GAP logo|
|Brightside Farm Sanctuary||Orange Collar with organisation logo|
|Dogs Home of Tasmania (DHOT)||Orange Collar with DHOT logo|
How do I get my greyhound approved to be un-muzzled in a public place?
If you obtained your greyhound from GAP, Brightside Farm Sanctuary, Dogs Home of Tasmania, Greyt Life Pet Prep, RSPCA and have a numbered collar you do not have to do anything. The issued collar identifies your greyhound as having previously passed a suitability program allowing them to be lawfully un-muzzled in public. Owners must be mindful there is still an obligation on them to have their greyhound continue to wear a muzzle if they have any concerns regarding its behaviour. If you obtained your greyhound from any of these organisations and do not have a numbered collar please contact the relevant organisation and they will assist you. Identifying collars must be worn in public when un-muzzled. The requirement to be on a leash while in public remains.
If the application is approved you will be provided with a uniquely-numbered purple collar that is to be worn by the greyhound when un-muzzled in a public place. Owners issued with a collar from ORI must be mindful there is still an obligation on them to have their greyhound continue to wear a muzzle if they have any concerns regarding its behaviour. The requirement to be on a leash while in public remains.
Un-muzzling Statutory Declaration
Completing the ORI Greyhound Un-muzzling Statutory Declaration (above) and attach a copy of the card issued by the program
Submit with applicable $30.00 fee to: The Office of Racing Integrity either in person at Ground Floor, West Wing, Prospect Government Offices, 171 Westbury Road, Prospect; or by mail to PO Box 1329, Launceston 7250; or by email to
What should I do with the collar when my greyhound dies?
These collars are unique to the greyhound they have been issued to. In the event of your greyhound passing away, please return the collar to the relevant organisation that issued you the collar.
What should I do if I lose or break my dog's collar?
Contact the organisation that issued you the collar and apply for a replacement collar. Fees may apply.
Greyhound Adoption Program Tasracing
Brightside Farm Sanctuary
Dogs' Home of Tasmania
Dog Control Act 2000
Dog Control Amendment Act 2017
Below is the Office of Racing Integrity’s final document detailing the criteria for Greyhound Un-muzzling suitability programs under the Dog Control Act 2000:
Greyhound Un-muzzling Criteria (373Kb)
How do I obtain accreditation for my organisation's suitability program?
Organisations may make application by completing the form below and submit this along with the additional supporting documentation (listed below) for your rehoming program and return this to the Director of Racing, Office of Racing Integrity.
Un-muzzling Accreditation Application (690Kb)
Details of how the safety of assessors, greyhounds and other animals used in the process is ensured
Detailed rehabilitation plan, including foster home periods and arrangements
Details of any follow-up contact with adopting owners
What processes are followed if the greyhound cannot be adopted due to (a) not meeting the assessment criteria or (b) a new owner cannot be found
Registration of Australian Company, Incorporated Association or Charitable Organisation
Ability to provide a numbered organisational issued collar
For further information please contact the Office of Racing Integrity on (03) 6777 1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact the office on 03 6777 1900 for any further information on Greyhound Un-muzzling.