Requirements for poultry farms

If you are operating a poultry farm in Queensland, you must comply with state and national laws and regulations.


Once you have 100 or more designated birds, you must register as a biosecurity entity.

When you register, you will be allocated a property identification code (PIC). If you already have a PIC, you will need to update your information with the number of animals kept on the property.


If your farm qualifies as an environmentally relevant activity (ERA), then you need to hold an environmental authority and other permits to operate.

Development permits and assessment

Contact your local council and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) before:

  • purchasing land for a new poultry farm
  • diversifying into poultry on your current property
  • expanding your current poultry operation.

They will be able to guide you on the suitability of the site for poultry farming and any planning requirements.

Food safety

Poultry farms that produce and supply food for customers (i.e. meat or eggs) must be registered with Safe Food Queensland.

The Food Safety Scheme for Eggs and Egg Products (Egg Scheme) applies to producers, processors or anyone operating under a preferred supplier arrangement for eggs.

The Egg Scheme makes it illegal to supply:

  • cracked or dirty eggs
  • unpasteurised egg pulp
  • eggs and egg products without an accreditation.

To reduce the risk of salmonella in egg production:

Animal welfare

In Queensland, the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (ACPA) places a legal 'duty of care' on people in charge of animals to provide for those animals' needs in an appropriate way. The Act includes birds and their pre-hatched young.

These Australian model codes of practice apply to poultry and are adopted codes under the ACPA:

The codes contain information and guidelines to provide minimum acceptable outcomes of animal welfare for poultry.

All production systems can be accredited under the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme if they:

  • meet the eligibility criteria
  • operate in accordance with the standards of the scheme.

Free range farms

To be certified as free range, farms must comply with standards set out by Free Range Egg and Poultry Australia (FREPA).

Industry standards


You can also use the legislation search tool from AgriFutures Chicken Meat RD&E to see other local, state and national laws that apply.