Rodeos in Victoria
In Victoria, an individual permit or an annual licence is required to operate a rodeo and an individual permit is needed for a rodeo school.
Application and issuing of licences/permits and conditions for operation of rodeo/rodeo schools are regulated under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (POCTA) Act 1986 and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008. Current versions of the Act and Regulations are available on the legislation page.
Applications for licences or permits must be made at least 28 days prior to the rodeo commencing, or in the case of a an application for an annual licence 28 days prior to the first rodeo to be held under the licence (see below for application forms).
Details of each rodeo held under an annual licence must still be notified to the department 28 days prior to the rodeo commencing (notification form attached).
The POCTA Act and Regulations set the minimum standards for the welfare of animals used in rodeos and rodeo schools in Victoria. The Code of Practice for the Welfare of Rodeo and Rodeo School Livestock in Victoria has been revoked and replaced by regulations in the POCTA Regulations.
Please also see the conditions of operating a rodeo or rodeo school, listed in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008, Part 3.
Information on rodeo requirements
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