Licence or Permit to Operate a Rodeo - Victoria


You will require a licence or permit if you intend to conduct a rodeo event in Victoria. Rodeos are events that use cattle and horses for exhibitions and competitions in:

  • bronco riding
  • bareback bronco riding
  • bull riding
  • steer riding
  • roping
  • steer wrestling
  • team roping
  • buck jumping
  • rough-riding
  • animal dogging.

A rodeo licence allows the licence holder to hold multiple rodeos while the licence is in force. A rodeo permit authorises the permit holder to run a single rodeo event on a specified date.

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 a licence or permit you must:

  • be accredited by an approved rodeo organisation
  • take responsibility for the management of all animals used
  • care for the safety and well being of all animals used
  • agree to comply with the licence or permit conditions imposed by the agency
  • notify the manager of animal standards of the details of the rodeo twenty-eight days prior to the rodeo commences and ensure that they can attend the event
  • nominate a veterinary practitioner who will attend the rodeo
  • lodge all required forms and information
  • pay any required fees.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

If you hold a rodeo licence, you must notify the department twenty-eight days prior to a rodeo event of the following:

  • the start and end dates of the rodeo
  • the start and end times of the rodeo
  • the location
  • the details of the nominated veterinary practitioner attending the rodeo
  • a list of the events to be held at the rodeo
  • the name of the approved rodeo organisation.

Your obligations include:

  • to provide proper and sufficient food, water and shelter to all animals involved
  • ensure the arena, chute and yard fencing can contain the animals, is clearly visible and will not cause injury to the animals
  • ensure animals are not drugged or hypnotised.


The licence remains in force for the period specified, but not more than 12 months.


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Fees will vary depending on your activity. Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.


Act(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019 Victoria

Approval time

Your application must be lodged at least 28 days prior to the proposed date of the rodeo.

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Agriculture Victoria

Contact details

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