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Emergency Animal Welfare COVID-19 Exhibited Animal Assistance Program

21 Number of eligible applications received
$140,600 Value of funds approved

Correct as of: 3.00pm AEST on Tuesday, 30 June 2020

The Emergency Animal Welfare COVID-19 Exhibited Animal Assistance Program is a funding package to support licensed exhibitors with the continued care and management of authorised animals as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The one-off administrative grant will help minimise the risk of immediate animal welfare issues associated with exhibitors' financial distress and allow time to seek further assistance under a range of existing Australian and state government COVID-19 schemes and packages.

There are 4 funding levels available, based on the animal categories and number of animals cared for. Read information on the funding levels in Attachment A of the assistance program guidelines.

The funding must be used towards the expenses associated with:

  • food for authorised exhibited animals
  • veterinary care and animal care services for authorised exhibited animals
  • operational expenses (other than existing staff wages) that relate to the care and management of authorised animals.

To ensure your application is successful, you must:

  • be a Queensland based zoo, aquarium, or mobile animal exhibitor licensed under the Exhibited Animals Act 2015
  • have public liability insurance to the minimum value of $10 million
    • you are not required to provide a copy of your public liability insurance with your application. During the application process you will be required to legally declare that the minimum public liability value is held
  • be registered for GST.

You may not be eligible to receive funding under the assistance program if your:

  • facility does not hold an Exhibition Licence under the Exhibited Animals Act 2015 (Act)
  • authority under the Act only authorises exhibiting and dealing with European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
  • facility holds only domestic animals and European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
  • facility holds animals not authorised under the Act including
    • domestic animals such as horses, goats, cattle, sheep and other animals used in petting farms
    • camels, ostriches and birds not regulated under the Act
  • authority under the Act only authorises exhibiting and dealing with insects
  • facility is eligible for the Australian Government's Supporting Australia's exhibiting zoos and aquariums program, or have made application to be included in the program
  • facility is eligible for the Queensland economic recovery strategy: unite and recover for Queensland jobs program.

Eligible applicants must be Queensland based zoos, aquariums, and mobile animal exhibitors licensed under the Exhibited Animals Act 2015.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Monday 31 August 2020.

How to apply

To apply, read the assistance program guidelines and submit a signed application form by:

email: exhibitedanimalapplications@daf.qld.gov.au

  • or
  • post to:

    Exhibited Animals, Biosecurity Queensland
    Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
    GPO Box 46
    BRISBANE  QLD  4001

    Contact

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support: 1300 654 687

    General enquiries: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)