Zoo, circus and other exhibited animals

The Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986 (the Act) governs exhibitors so that they provide the required standards of care, presentation and safety.

Under the legislation, NSW DPI must issue an authority (permit, licence or approval) before animals can be exhibited. The licensing scheme details steps exhibitors must take to house and care for their animals.

NSW DPI is the enforcement agency for the Exhibited Animals Protection Act. Our inspectors regularly visit the animal exhibitions in New South Wales to make sure they are doing the right thing.

We receive advice from the Exhibited Animals Advisory Committee, which comprises representatives from industry, animal welfare groups and government.

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