Laws, regulations and standards for poultry owners

As a poultry owner, you must comply with certain:

  • laws
  • standards
  • codes of practice

Laws for poultry owners

As a poultry owner, you need to follow the laws in the following acts of parliament:

Standards and codes of practice

Animal welfare standards

The standards for the welfare of poultry apply to both the egg and broiler (chicken meat) industries:

Food safety standards for eggs and egg products

All egg producers must comply with Standard 4.2.5 — Primary Production and Processing Standard for Eggs and Egg Products by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

If you keep 50 or more poultry for any purpose, you must get a Property Identification Code (PIC) from Agriculture Victoria.   If you keep 50 or more egg-producing poultry (chickens, ducks, quail), and you sell or give away eggs, you must also:

  • notify us and be assigned an egg stamp code
  • stamp every individual chicken egg with a unique stamp (you don't need to stamp duck and quail eggs)
  • have and follow a food safety management statement, or be part of an approved industry or commercial quality assurance (QA) program

Download our Food safety management statement template including a worked example (WORD - 105.9 KB)

Victorian Code for Broiler Farms

This Victorian Code for Broiler Farms is the code of practice for the planning, design, assessment, approval, construction, operation and management of broiler farms in Victoria.

The Code balances the operational needs of the broiler farm industry and the protection of the environment, particularly odour and noise for people who live near broiler farms. For example, the Code requires broiler farm clusters to get an odour environmental risk assessment as part of the planning permit application.

Download the Code:

Page last updated: 29 May 2023