Exhibited Animals Act 2015 - Queensland

Service summary

The Exhibited Animals Act 2015 streamlines the regulation of exhibited animals in Queensland. Anyone who wishes to exhibit or deal with an animal in either a fixed or mobile exhibit will need to have an exhibition licence.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

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

Definition of terms

Category A animals

animals which can currently be kept privately under a recreational wildlife licence. However, by being licensed under the Act, you will be able to exhibit these species, which is not permitted under a recreational licence. Category A animals have the least regulation because they are allowed to be kept by others in private collections for recreation purposes

Category B animals

Most native animals which cannot be held under a recreational licence are Category B animals including kangaroos, crocodiles, dingoes, wombats, echidna rabbits, koalas, potoroos, platypus, and red-tailed black cockatoos.

Category C animals

Exotic animals with the highest pest-establishment risks and are prohibited matter under the Biosecurity Act 2014. Most exotic mammals (such as monkeys, tigers and meerkats), amphibians and reptiles (such as Green iguana and Yellow anaconda and corn snakes) are Category C animals. Category C animals are made up of two different categories: C1 & C2.

Category C1 animals

a small number of exotic animals classified as low risk exotic species. These will be regulated and will be permitted for display by any approved licensed holder.

Category C2 animals
attract the most regulation under the Act. They will need to be based in a fixed exhibit (such as a zoo) and exhibited for at least 600 hours per year. Exhibition in a fixed exhibit is the most reliable way to mitigate risks associated with these animals.
Relevant adverse effects

adverse effects of an event caused by exhibiting or dealing with an animal on animal welfare; human health, safety and wellbeing; social amenity, the economy and the environment



Anyone who wishes to exhibit or deal with an animal in either a fixed or mobile exhibit will need to obtain a licence.

Publications Details

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland

Act(s) name

Exhibited Animals Act 2015 (Queensland)

Contact details

Customer Service Centre
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland


13 25 23


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