Requirements for registrable biosecurity entities

Under Queensland's Biosecurity Act 2014 (PDF, 1.6MB), anyone who keeps more than a certain number of 'designated animals' is a registrable biosecurity entity and must register with Biosecurity Queensland. Once you have registered, you are 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 the following designated animals:

  • 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.

If you have not already registered and you keep any of the above specified animals, you must register with Biosecurity Queensland. You must register even if you don't own the land that you keep your animal(s) on (agistee).

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

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

Once you are registered you will be allocated a property identification code (PIC). This PIC corresponds to the land where you keep your animal(s). PICs are not owned by the landowner - they are allocated to the land.

If you were already allocated a PIC before 1 July 2016, you will automatically become an RBE.

You need to be allocated 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 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.

You may already be registered (automatically)

If you automatically became an RBE on 1 July 2016 because you already had been allocated 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.

Application forms and fees

You can apply:

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

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.


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
October 14, 2016