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National poultry standards closed

Public consultation for the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry concluded on 26 February 2018. All submissions are being assessed by an independent consultant. The independent consultant’s report and the major submissions will be available in June 2018 on the Animal Welfare Standards – Poultry website. For further information contact aha@animalhealthaustralia.com.au.

As a part of our reprioritisation of our research, development and extension activities, the information we provide on keeping poultry has changed.

Please refer to the various information, advice and contacts below about poultry husbandry, health and industry development:

Keeping poultry

Contact your local council for more information on keeping poultry in your area.

If keeping up to 1000 birds, your local council regulates how many birds you can keep, whether you can keep roosters, flock housing requirements and site location.

If you intend to keep more than 1000 birds you are considered to be conducting an environmentally-relevant activity under the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 and will require an environmental authority to operate. Please contact us if you have any questions about this process.

Poultry health and disease prevention

Feed restrictions, movement restrictions, vaccination and disease reporting prevent the occurrence and spread of exotic diseases. Good on-farm biosecurity practices reduce the risk of introducing new diseases or strains of diseases into the farm or shed area.

For advice on the health of your poultry, please seek support from your local veterinarian.

Notifiable diseases

Biosecurity Queensland manages risks to Queensland's primary industries associated with potentially harmful diseases and pests.

Some diseases that affect poultry, such as avian influenza (bird flu) or salmonella, are notifiable. If you suspect these diseases in Queensland birds, please contact us immediately (business hours) or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675  888  (after hours).

Newcastle disease

Vaccinating commercial poultry flocks for Newcastle disease is compulsory and must be done according to the National Newcastle Disease Management Plan.

Animal welfare

DAF is committed to ensuring that all animals in Queensland have appropriate standards of welfare. Biosecurity Queensland administers the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (the ACPA).

Licensing and registration


If you have 100 or more designated birds, you are required to register your property (place) with us to assist in traceability especially in the case that we need to manage a disease outbreak.

Emu farm licences

Contact the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection which regulates wildlife farming licences.

Poultry meat industry resources

In 2014-15 the Queensland poultry industry including egg and chicken meat production had a gross value of production of $790 million ($588 million in meat and $202 million in egg production). The most significant area where egg production takes place is the Darling Downs region. Egg production also  occurs throughout south-east Queensland, north Queensland, Rockhampton and Wide Bay Burnett regions.

The principal areas where meat chickens are grown is south-east Queensland, the Atherton Tableland and eastern parts of the Darling Downs. Meat chickens that target more specialty markets are also grown in the southern Darling Downs and Gympie regions of the state.

Poultry meat continues to prosper as the highest per capita consumption of all the meat proteins.

Further information on starting a meat chicken farm can be found on the Business Industry Portal. To better inform the development of new poultry meat farms, we have prepared and commissioned a number of reports.

Producing, selling and marketing eggs

If you supply eggs, you must be registered with  Safe Food Queensland.  Information on the regulation of Queensland's egg industry to ensure that egg and egg products are safe for human consumption can be found on their website.

Our department provides a Salmonella enteritidis monitoring and certification program for egg producers who export table eggs overseas. While this program is not mandatory, it forms part of securing a safe food product. Egg producers are encouraged to curb salmonella food-borne related illness. For more information  about  the program please contact our Customer Service Centre.

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