Brands Act 1915 - Queensland

Service summary

The object of this legislative instrument is to regulate the identification of animals.

The Act provides for the registration of brands and earmarks for horses, cattle, sheep, goats and camels and of tattoos for pigs. It sets out the specifications for brands and branding implements, ownership requirements and provides for the transfer of brand ownership and the cancellation and reallocation of brands and marks.

The Act further prescribes earmark codes, shapes and districts, detailed in the Regulation which also sets out registration fees.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Publications Details

  • Owners manual Horse and Cattle brands - Three-piece brands, symbol brands and earmarks in Queensland
  • Sheep owners manual
  • Pig owners manual
  • The Language of Three-Piece Brands
  • The Language of Symbol Brands
  • The Language of Cattle Earmarks.

These brochures are available from regional offices of Biosecurity Queensland and via the Queensland Government website



Inspectors appointed under the Brands Act 1915 have powers to monitor and enforce compliance with the Act, including the power to seize stock and branding implements.

Brand owners must lodge a brands return every year or, after three years without a return, registration may be cancelled.

Fines are imposed for offences against the Act.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Licensing and Transaction Unit

Regulation(s) name

Brands Regulation 2012 (Queensland)

Contact details

Registrar of Brands
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland
Licensing and Transaction Unit

Operating address:
Level 5
Primary Industries Building
80 Ann Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000


13 25 23


07 3404 6999


07 3087 8328

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