Crocodile farming

This code is for use by people responsible for the welfare and husbandry of estuarine or saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) and freshwater crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni) that are maintained in captivity for closed-cycle captive breeding and production of products such as meat, leather and taxidermied whole or part specimens. Unless a licence has been granted under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 it is illegal to capture wild crocodiles in Queensland.

Any person or organisation proposing to farm crocodiles must be prepared to do considerable research into various aspects of crocodile husbandry and farming. The department will only consider fully documented and soundly based proposals for crocodile farming.

Code of practice on the humane treatment of wild and farmed Australian crocodiles

The following repealed code of practice remains available for authorities issued prior to 1 September 2017.

Repealed Code of practice - Crocodile farming (PDF, 276.8KB)

In addition to the code of practice, there is the Crocodile Farming Compliance Plan 2016. While intended for internal departmental use, farms can also use this as a guide. The Crocodile Farm Compliance Plan 2016, outlines the department's approach to compliance which supports departmental obligations under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and the Wildlife Trade Management Plan - Queensland Crocodile Farming (2014-2017). The Crocodile Farm Compliance Checklist will be used by departmental officers for inspections.