Exhibition licence - Queensland

Service summary

Anyone who wishes to exhibit or deal with an animal in either a fixed or mobile exhibit will need to obtain an exhibition licence under the Exhibited Animals Act 2015.

Licence holders have a general exhibition and dealing obligation under the Exhibited Animals Act. Licence holders must be able to identify and take all reasonable and practical measures to prevent or minimise the relevant risks and adverse effects associated with animal welfare, biosecurity, and public safety that are related to managing the animal(s) they exhibit.

These key risks will be addressed in management plans for species, which must be submitted for assessment when applying for an exhibition licence, an interstate permit or a special exhibition approval under the Act.

If you currently have a licence as a Wildlife Exhibitor, Wildlife Demonstrator, Declared Pest Permit Zoo Film & Television, Declared Pest Permit Circus or Declared Pest Permit Magician then you will still need a licence under the Act.  

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Exemptions

Current licence holders will be able to continue to operate under existing licencing arrangements until the licence expires. Prior to the expiry date of their licence, holders will need to contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23 for information on how to transition their licence to the new Act.

A licence holder who exhibits an animal that is exempt under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, such as a sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), will need to ensure that they meet their general exhibition and dealing obligation when exhibiting the species. A management plan will not be required  for an exempt species and that species will not be listed on a licence issued under the Exhibited Animals Act.

You will not need a licence under the Exhibited Animals Act to exhibit domestic animals such as horses and pigs. However, you may have to comply with other requirements under the Biosecurity Act 2014 and the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

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 wildlife 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 wildlife 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 Exhibited Animals 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.

Transferability

Cannot be transferred.

Duration

An exhibition licence will be for a three-year period.

Fees

There are currently no fees under the Exhibited Animals Act

Additional information

Licence holders will have a general exhibition and dealing obligation under the Exhibited Animals Act. Licence holders must be able to identify and take all reasonable and practical measures to prevent or minimise the relevant risks and adverse effects associated with animal welfare, biosecurity, and  public safety that are related to managing the animal(s) they exhibit.

These key risks will be addressed in management plans for species, which must be submitted for assessment when applying for an exhibition licence, an interstate permit or a special exhibition approval under the Exhibited Animals Act.  

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

Phone:

13 25 23

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