Moving exhibited animals

Exhibitors who display at mobile establishments or temporarily remove animals from a fixed display establishment must submit an itinerary to the Department.

Itineraries must be submitted to the Department BEFORE any animals are moved.

If you don’t submit an itinerary, you could be fined or prosecuted.

Clause 8 the Exhibited Animals Protection Regulation 2010 requires all exhibitors to comply with relevant standards. For this purpose, the following standards relate to exhibitors who remove animals from their fixed display or off-display establishments.

Mobile exhibitors

Mobile exhibitors already have authority to move animals as part of their approval.

Mobile exhibitors MUST submit a monthly itinerary to NSW DPI for each species.

Related form: FORM I – Monthly Itinerary

Fixed establishments

If you hold authorities for a fixed establishment, you must seek approval to temporarily relocate exhibited animals before moving them.

There are two ways to do this:

  • Complete Form H – Application to remove an animal from authorised premises each time you want to temporarily remove an animal. This application must be submitted to the Department at least seven (7) days before the proposed removal.
  • Seek approval for multiple temporary removals in accordance with an approved Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). These applications must be submitted 60 days in advance.

Fixed exhibitors who temporarily move animals under an SOP approval must still:

  • submit a monthly itinerary for each species (FORM I – Monthly Itinerary) AND
  • update any monthly itinerary if new temporary removals are proposed for that period.

Find out more about how to seek approval to temporarily relocate exhibited animals.

Questions and answers

If you frequently remove animals from their fixed establishment, you should consider applying for approval to temporarily remove them in accordance with a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

An exhibitor with an approved SOP can temporarily remove animals as required, without seeking and waiting for approval each time. This means less paperwork and more flexibility to respond to business opportunities quickly

Fixed exhibitors who temporarily move animals under an SOP approval must still:

  • submit a monthly itinerary for each species (FORM I – Monthly Itinerary) AND
  • update any monthly itinerary if new temporary removals are proposed for that period.

An exhibitor with an approved SOP can temporarily remove animals as required, without seeking and waiting for approval each time. This means less paperwork and more flexibility to respond to business opportunities quickly.

Fixed exhibitors who temporarily move animals under an SOP approval must still:

  • submit a monthly itinerary for each species (FORM I – Monthly Itinerary) AND
  • update any monthly itinerary if new temporary removals are proposed for that period.

Yes. Even if animals are not removed, it is a condition of your temporary removal approval that you submit the next month’s itinerary by the end of each month.

Exhibitors must submit a FORM H – ‘Application to remove an animal from authorised premises’ at least seven days before a proposed mobile exhibition at a “bar area” (as defined in the Liquor Act 2007)

The application must be approved by the Department before the animal(s) are taken to the bar area. This can be in the form of a one-off application or through the application and assessment of an SOP.

Exhibitors who wish to have approval for temporary removal by an approved SOP must ensure the additional considerations specific to ‘bar areas’ are recorded:

  • Environment that the animal will be held at:
    • How will the environment be assessed to ensure appropriateness for the welfare of the animals?
      • Noise
      • Smell (i.e. smoking areas)
      • Interactions with clients
    • How will unauthorised interactions be managed?
    • Pre-inspection of venue to ensure appropriateness

NSW DPI may undertake enforcement action if an exhibitor does not meet all requirements of their authority.

If you forget to submit your itinerary or notify us of changes, you must take immediate steps to submit this paperwork .

Enforcement actions may include,but are not limited to; Penalty Infringement Notice, suspension and cancellation of the authority, and prosecution.