Pig producers in Australia need to demonstrate due diligence by taking every practical step to minimise the impact of their operations on the environment. Environmental regulations vary between states, and generic guidelines used by government agencies are not always applicable to the environmental management of piggeries.

This page will help you understand your requirements for planning and management.


Anyone keeping pigs in Australia needs local council approval if they have more than just pet pigs. As requirements vary between states, anyone looking to start a new piggery or expand an existing one should contact their local council, check their state Department of Agriculture requirements, and contact EPA for approval before undertaking any significant work.

National environmental guidelines for indoor piggeries (NEGIP)

To operate an environmentally sustainable piggery, it needs to be sited, sized, designed, constructed, managed and operated in a way that ensures all aspects of the environment are protected. This includes protection of community amenity, soils, surface waters, ground water, biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Piggery businesses which follow the NEGIP can provide evidence they are committed to pig production in an environmentally sustainable manner, protecting their business and future production.

Environmental risk assessment

These comprehensive management tools will help you identify potential areas of environmental risk or vulnerability.