Film and TV Notification

Film and TV notification form download

Download the form below and send back to the relevant department marked on the form.



Animals should never be endangered, injured, or abused or deliberately killed for a production. When a script is being prepared, care must be taken about the possible impacts on the welfare of the animals. An animal should only be required to do what it is capable of being reasonably trained to do and only well-trained animals should be used for stunts or special effects.

Only competent animal handlers, trainers or veterinarians should manage animals. The welfare of animals is their prime consideration and they have the power to halt production if they believe the animals are at risk. Animal handlers must have no other responsibilities on set and similarly, other positions on set must not take responsibility for animals, e.g., if a director is using his or her pet dog for a production, they cannot take responsibility for

the animal and direct the film: an animal consultant must be used.

In all instances, a veterinary must be on call or arrangements must be in place for seeking urgent veterinary assistance if required. A vet should be sought immediately if an animal becomes sick, injured or distressed.

Animals may be used to perform tasks with other animals of the same or different species, with people or special effects. When they are used in this way, they must not suffer any distress, sickness, injury or abuse.

The ultimate responsibility for the animals rests with the producer (or his or her authorised representative), whether they are on the set or not.


The Code is a standard of practice which establishes clear guidelines for the use of animals in the film and television industry, corporate and educational productions, stage performances and commercial photography for advertising or promotion.

A mandatory code has existed since 1990 and it has now been revised under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979.

Please click on the link to continue onto the Department of Primary Industries website in order to access:

  • Code of Practice for the welfare of animals in films and theatrical performances
  • Code of Practice for the welfare of animals in films and theatrical performances (plain English version)
  • film industry animal safety guidance notes
  • Notification Form for animals to be used or portrayed in a production
  • important information about the Notification Form

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