Permit to Operate a Rodeo School - Victoria


You will require this permit if you intend to operate a rodeo school in Victoria. A rodeo school is a premises used for the training or schooling of persons in rodeo. 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.

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 this permit you must:

  • be accredited by an approved rodeo organisation
  • nominate a veterinary practitioner who will attend the rodeo school
  • specify the name of an organisation approved by the Minister by which you are accredited
  • nominate an instructor or instructors for each class of instruction, nominate an instructor-in-charge, and provide the name of the approved rodeo organisation that has accredited each instructor
  • ensure the animals, facilities and conditions conform to the prescribed minimum requirements
  • pay any required fees.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Ongoing requirements include:

  • a veterinary practitioner must attend when any rodeo school is in progress
  • providing proper and sufficient food, water and shelter for all animals involved
  • ensuring the arena, chute and yard fencing can contain the animals, is clearly visible and will not cause injury to the animals
  • ensuring animals are not drugged or hypnotised.




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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 should be lodged at least 28 days before you intend to conduct the rodeo school.

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Agriculture Victoria

Contact details

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