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Who must be registered as a biosecurity entity

If you own or keep any of the following in Queensland, you must be registered as a biosecurity entity:

  • 1 or more:
    • cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, bison, buffalo, deer
    • or
    • alpacas, llamas, or other animals from the Camelidae family
    • or
    • horses, ponies, donkeys, mules, zebras, or other animals from the Equidae family.
  • 100 or more birds that:
    • are raised for human consumption (e.g. poultry)
    • or
    • are raised for the production of eggs for human consumption (e.g. poultry)
    • or
    • have been released into free flight since they started being kept in captivity (e.g. pigeons)
  • 1 or more beehives.

You must be registered even if you don't own the land where you keep your animals, for example, if:

  • you are a lessee
  • your animals are agisted on someone else's land
  • you keep beehives on someone else's land.

A person, persons or organisation can be registered as a biosecurity entity.

If you held a property identification code (PIC) on 30 June 2016, you may already be registered as a biosecurity entity.

Find out how to check if you have been registered.

If you meet the registration requirements you must be registered to comply with the Biosecurity Act 2014.

Holding facilities

The biosecurity entity is generally the owner of the animal(s). However, you must also be registered if you operate a holding facility where livestock are kept temporarily, even if you don't own the animals kept there. Holding facilities include:

  • veterinarian clinics that receive livestock or horses for treatment
  • showgrounds or sporting grounds
  • local government pound yards
  • an animal refuge
  • saleyards
  • clearing dips
  • abattoirs or slaughterhouses
  • live export and transport depots
  • stock routes.