Livestock and animal industries laws and requirements

You need to know your responsibilities for animal health and the impacts of chemicals, pests and diseases under the Biosecurity Act 2014 as well as regulations and industry codes.

These protect the industry and the animals, and ensure food is produced safely.

Biosecurity

Understand your requirements and responsibilities to prevent biosecurity threats to Queensland.

Animal welfare

Read about compulsory and voluntary codes for animal welfare in Queensland, and legislative requirements such as the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

Your animal welfare duties extend to animal welfare in natural disasters and preparing animals for weather events.

Moving livestock

Learn about the legal requirements for transport and movement of livestock.

Cattle feedlots

Manage the environmental impacts of cattle in feedlots by:

  • obtaining an environmental authority under the Environmental Protection Act 1994
  • complying with the national guidelines for the industry.

Poultry farms and egg production

Learn about poultry farm legal requirements to:

  • obtain an environmental authority under the Environmental Protection Act 1994
  • gain development approvals
  • establish or operate a poultry farm in Queensland
  • comply with laws against feeding swill to poultry.
  • meet food safety requirements for producing safe eggs.

Piggeries

Understand your legal obligations to manage the environmental impacts of a piggery by obtaining and complying with:

  • an environmental authority under the Environmental Protection Act 1994
  • development approvals
  • national guidelines for piggeries.

Make sure you follow the laws against feeding swill to pigs.