What licence do I need?

There are three licences which allow people to keep, breed or trade protected animals in Queensland. Licences are based on the number of animals you have and your intention to keep, breed or trade them.

Some animals are exempt from requiring a licence, allowing you to keep these animals without a licence.

Animals not listed as exempt, Class 1 or Class 2 are by default prohibited from being kept and traded on a Standard, Specialised or Advanced Licence.

Standard licence

  • Cost for five (5) years is $61.70
  • Up to 10 Class 1 animals
  • Class 2 animals not permitted
  • Breeding is not permitted
  • Trading is restricted within six (6) months of acquisition of the animal
  • Online record keeping (replaces hardcopy movement advice and record book)
  • Dangerous snakes not permitted.

Specialised licence

  • Cost for five (5) years is $330.30
  • Up to 50 Class 1 and 2 amphibians, birds, and reptiles permitted at any given time and unlimited protected scorpions and spiders
  • Breeding permitted within animal limit
  • Trading restricted within six (6) months of acquisition
  • Online record keeping (replaces hardcopy movement advice)
  • Dangerous snakes with approval - New dangerous snake conditions apply.

Advanced licence

  • Cost for five (5) years is $711.00
  • Unlimited Class 1 animals
  • Unlimited Class 2 animals with an exception of maximum of 50 permitted dangerous snakes (unless approved for more)
  • Breeding permitted
  • No restrictions on trading
  • Online record keeping (replaces hardcopy movement advice)
  • Dangerous snakes with approval - New dangerous snake conditions apply.

The following guide provides detailed information on the new native animal licences.

Compliance with relevant codes of practice

Licence holders must comply with the standards and requirements of the relevant code of practice. These are: