Requirements for animal owners and keepers to register with Biosecurity Queensland

Under Queensland’s Biosecurity Act 2014 (PDF, 1.6MB), anyone who keeps more than a certain number of 'designated animals' must register with Biosecurity Queensland to become a registered biosecurity entity (RBE).

An RBE can be:

  • an individual
  • several individuals working in a partnership or organisation such as a company, trust, registered body or government organisation.

Registration allows animals to be traced if there is a disease outbreak or contamination incident.

Who must register?

Animal owners and keepers

You must register if you own or keep:

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

The person registering will generally be the owner of the animals, because the owner usually has ultimate control of, and responsibility for, the animals.

Often, the animal owner will also own the property on which the animals are kept, but sometimes they will not. Either way, you must still register.

Operators of holding facilities

You must also register if you are responsible for operating a holding facility where designated animals are located temporarily. People responsible for holding facilities only need to register once as an RBE.

Holding facilities include:

  • showgrounds/sporting grounds
  • pound yards
  • saleyards
  • clearing dips
  • abattoirs/slaughterhouses
  • live export depots
  • stock routes.

How does registration relate to property identification codes (PICs)?

Queensland has had property identification codes (PICs) for many years. Previously, PICs have been issued when you register your property with Biosecurity Queensland.

This system has changed. From 1 July 2016, when someone becomes an RBE, a PIC will be issued for the property where the designated animals are kept if the property does not already have a PIC.

If you already have a PIC on 1 July 2016, you will automatically become an RBE.

You will still need a PIC to purchase devices from the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) and to access other national industry systems such as vendor declarations/waybills. If you do not own the property where your animals are kept, you will need to get authorisation from the property owner to use their PIC to access these systems.

The property owner will need to complete the relevant section of your application to become an RBE.

How does registration relate to hive identification numbers (HINs)?

From 1 July 2016, if you keep at least one beehive in Queensland, you must become an RBE. This replaces the previous requirement to be a registered beekeeper.

Each beekeeper who becomes an RBE will be allocated only 1 Hive Identification Number (HIN). For existing beekeepers, your current brand will generally become your HIN.

From 1 July 2016:

  • if you are a beekeeper and are not registered, you must apply to become an RBE
  • if you are a beekeeper and registered under the Apiaries Act 1982 (PDF, 328 KB) between March 2016 and June 2016, your registration under the Apiaries Act will continue until March 2017, at which time you must register under the new Biosecurity Act 2014 (PDF, 1.6MB).

How long does registration last?

Your registration is valid for 3 years from the date you apply.

If you automatically became an RBE on 1 July 2016 because you already had a PIC, your registration will be valid until 1 July 2019. If you do not renew your registration before it expires, your PIC may be cancelled.

If you registered as a beekeeper under the Apiaries Act 1982 between March 2016 and June 2016, your registration will continue until March 2017, at which time you will need to register under the new Biosecurity Act 2014. Your registration will then remain in place for 3 years from the date of registration under the new Act.

Application forms and fees

You can download the RBE application form for designated animals other than bees, or the RBE application form for bees.

You can also get the forms from Department of Agriculture and Fisheries offices or call 13 25 23 to be posted one. Completed forms can be submitted to local offices or posted to:

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
PO Box 5083
NAMBOUR  QLD  4560

If you are a commercial primary producer, you will pay a fee to register. You are considered a commercial primary producer if you claim primary producer status on your tax return.

If you keep animals only for non-commercial purposes, you will not pay a fee.

If you held a PIC prior to 1 July 2016 and automatically became an RBE on that date, you do not need to pay a fee until your registration is renewed on 1 July 2019.

Notification

You will be notified of the outcome of your application within 10 working days after submitting it, provided all the required information has been received. Notification will be by email if you provide an email address, and by post otherwise.

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Last reviewed
July 1, 2016