Emu Farming Permit - South Australia


You will need this permit if you intend to conduct emu farming. Emu farming includes:

  • incubating emu eggs
  • breeding emus for commercial purposes
  • selling or slaughtering emus.

This permit will authorise you to:

  • take an emu or the eggs of an emu from the wild
  • slaughter or destroy by other means an emu in captivity
  • possess or control an emu or the eggs of an emu
  • sell an emu or the carcass or eggs of an emu.

You will need separate permits to import or export emus, emu eggs or carcasses into or out of South Australia.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for an emu farming permit, you must:

  • be a member of an Emu Farming Association
  • have development approval to conduct emu farming on your property
  • demonstrate how you meet application criteria relating to the nature of your farming operations, boundary fencing, emu handling facilities and emu care
  • be aware of the requirements of the Australian Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Husbandry of Captive-Bred Emus.

An inspection of each site is required before your permit is approved.


One year


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $502.00 -
Apply Application All $275.00

Half year permit (for applications lodged between 1 January and 30 June).

Vary Application All $203.00 Additional premises


Other resources

Application process


You will need to lodge your completed application with fee payment with the agency. A site inspection is included as part of the application process.


This permit cannot be transferred.

Additional information

All emus must be lawfully obtained from a person who holds an emu farming permit.

Administering agency

Department for Environment and Water

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Fauna Permit Unit

Department for Environment and Water

South Australia
Operating address: Ground Floor
81 - 95 Waymouth Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1782
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Phone: 08 8124 4972
Email: dewfaunapermitsunit@sa.gov.au