Code of Practice for the Welfare of Amphibians in Captivity - Victoria


You will be required to comply with this code if you own, handle or keep amphibians in an aquarium. This code outlines the minimum standards of care for keeping amphibians in captivity, whether for personal use or commercial breeding, display, bartering, exchange or sale.

The Code covers care and responsible ownership issues such as housing, environment, food and nutrition, health care, cleaning, transport, breeding and licensing. An amphibian is described as an exothermic (cold-blooded) vertebrate animal typically living on land but breeding in water, such as frogs and axolotls.

Compliance with this code of practice is not mandatory. However, by complying with this Code of practice you may be able to demonstrate that you have met your legal responsibilities. It may be a defence to a charge of animal cruelty against an amphibian that you have complied with this code of practice.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) 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.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Agriculture Victoria

Contact details

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Licensing Officer

Agriculture Victoria

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Operating address: Level 35,
121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Operating address: 1 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
Mailing address: General Post Office Box 4509
Melbourne, Victoria
Mailing address: PO Box 2500
Bendigo, Victoria
Mailing address: PO BOX 2392
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 13 61 86