As a part of the department's 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 details on keeping poultry. Whether you keep chickens in your backyard or rear them commercially, your local council regulates how many birds you can keep, whether you can keep roosters, site location and your flock's housing requirements.

Poultry health

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 our Customer Service Centre immediately (business hours) or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 (after hours).

Disease prevention regulations

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.

Newcastle disease

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

Animal welfare

DAFF 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 poultry birds (including caged 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 emu farm licences.

Poultry meat industry resources

The poultry meat industry has grown at a rate of around 7% per annum, over the past 10 years. This rate of growth is predicted to continue over the next 10 years based on continued population growth and consumer preference. Poultry meat has the highest per capita consumption of all the meat proteins.

To better inform the development of new poultry meat farms, we have prepared and commissioned a number of reports.

Producing, selling and marketing eggs

Visit Safe Food Queensland for information on the regulation of Queensland's egg industry to ensure that egg and egg products are safe for human consumption.

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.

Futher Information

Last updated 05 December 2013