Rabbits are banned as pets in Queensland and wild rabbits are declared pests.
It is an offence to keep a rabbit of any variety as a pet. The penalty for illegally keeping rabbits is $65,275.
Rabbits are the most destructive introduced pest in Queensland. They destroy the environment and cost the community more than $600 million every year.
The difference between rabbits and hares
Both rabbits and hares were introduced to Australia by early European settlers.
Hares are an introduced species but not a declared pest.
Hares and rabbits are different.
For information about managing pest rabbits on your property, please download Rabbit control and management (PDF 350 KB).
To report rabbit sightings or domestic rabbit keeping, please call us on 07 3412 3412 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.