Industry Focus

Planning and Development

For new developments, expansions and changes in material use at piggeries, all piggeries should consult with their  relevant agencies such as local council and Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to identify early what information will be required for assessment. Identifying what is needed and being well prepared can significantly improve the assessment process and reduce the potential for further information requests and time delays.

If you are considering piggery expansions or additional reuse or rotational areas in the near future, consider submitting a application that shows the staged approach to council in the one application as this then can avoid the requirement for resubmitting an additional planning application in the future.

Both the National Environmental Guidelines for Indoor Piggeries (NEGIP) and the National Environmental Guidelines for Rotational Outdoor Piggeries (NEGROP) have a Planning Principles Checklist that can assist in identifying the supporting information often required by responsible authorities such as local council and EPA.

APL has an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) template that can be used for applications. Please contact APL for a copy.

There are consultants available that can assist producers with development applications and EMP’s.

National Environmental Guidelines for Indoor Piggeries (NEGIP)

National Environmental Guidelines for Rotational Outdoor Piggeries (NEGROP)

The National Environmental Guidelines for Rotational Outdoor Piggeries were revised in May 2016. For the minor revisions please see Outdoor Production.


Planning Requirements for indoor and outdoor piggeries

Planning requirements vary from state to state. In most cases, keeping more than a few pigs triggers a planning or development permit.
APL has developed two explainer videos, for indoor and outdoor piggeries, to enable planners to better understand:

  • when piggeries require planning or development approval,
  • what the major environmental considerations are,
  • what information should accompany an application, and
  • the guidelines that will be most useful in assessing applications.

Additional information:

Further enquiries should be directed to Denise Woods at or 02 6270 8826

Electronic Environmental Management Plan (EMP) Templates

An EMP focuses on the general management of a whole farm, taking into account the environment and associated risks. It documents design features and management practices, identifies risks and mitigation strategies and documents monitoring plans to ensure impacts are minimised. An EMP can assist with day-to-day environmental management, demonstrate best practice to regulators and be a requirement for decision makers when developing or expanding a piggery.

APL have developed a user friendly electronic template to assist producers in developing their own EMP. It is compatible with the National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries (2010 revised) and Rotational Outdoor Piggeries (2013). The EMP includes a site specific risk assessment, pollution incident response plan (NSW requirement) and duty of care information for off-site re-users.

Conventional Piggeries EMP Template

Rotational Outdoor Piggeries EMP Template


Nutrient Balance Calculators

The nutrient balance calculators are easy-to-use tools that will assist piggery operators to sustainably reuse manure and effluent from conventional and deep litter piggeries, and manage paddock rotations for outdoor piggeries. They will help farmers to better understand the quantities of nutrients in manure and effluent streams, and how to utilise these effectively in cropping systems.

The calculators are consistent with the newly-released APL “Piggery Manure & Effluent Management & Reuse Guidelines” (Tucker 2015) which are, in turn, based on the “National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries” (Tucker et al. 2010) and the “National Environmental Guidelines for Rotational Outdoor Piggeries” (Tucker and O’Keefe 2013).

Nutrient Balance Calculator for Conventional Piggeries

Nutrient Balance Calculator for Outdoor Rotational Piggeries



The following businesses, have experience in piggery development applications, and may be able to provide planning advice to you. There may be other businesses that provide planning services in your area that are not listed. This list below is provided for information only. By providing this list, Australian Pork Limited (APL) does not endorse, recommend, approve of or guarantee the performance of any of the businesses listed below or the outcome of any planning advice that may be provided by such businesses. You are solely responsible for determining whether or not to engage any of these businesses for the purpose of obtaining planning advice. APL will not be liable for any fees to be paid in connection with, or loss or damage that may arise from, your engagement of any of these businesses to provide planning advice or other services.

Robyn Tucker
LEAP-Livestock Environment and Planning
0419 787 137
Please note Robyn Tucker is based in Victoria but like all of the consultants listed below works across Australia. She does often utilise Steve Wiedemann, Eugene McGahan and Rod Davis (ex FSA) for a site visit if required.

Steve Wiedemann
Integrity Ag Services
0428 328 007
Toowoomba QLD

Eugene McGahan
Eugene McGahan consulting
0428 328 233
Toowoomba QLD

Premise Agriculture
Toowoomba QLD