South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals - South Australia


You will need to comply with the South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals if you intend to trade companion animals in the course of business or for profit or reward.

The purpose of these standards and guidelines is to ensure animal welfare standards are met in the trade and supply of companion animals, and the proper conduct of sellers.

Companion animals includes any animal normally traded through wholesale or retail, including:

  • dogs
  • cats
  • rabbits, guinea pigs and rodents
  • birds
  • amphibians and reptiles.

The standards and guidelines do not apply to fish, animals kept for drafting purposes or for food, and animals found or given away.

The standards and guidelines set out the responsibilities and requirements of trading companion animals, including with respect to:

  • food and water
  • health and hygiene
  • housing and transport
  • breeding
  • record keeping
  • transfer of ownership.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

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

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