Permit Requirements to Rehabilitate Wildlife

Legislation and Permits

Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010

These Regulations categorise wildlife into Specially Protected, Protected and Partly protected species. The Regulations do not allow for a person to rehabilitate or possess Specially or Protected species without a permit.

Rehabilitation and possession permits are issued through the Wildlife Management Branch, Dept. of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (WMB/DPIPWE) and are subject to conditions that ensure the welfare of the animal, for example:

  • Wildlife is to be kept in an environment suitable to the species.
  • Transfer of possession of wildlife, or offering to transfer, sell, exchange, or dispose of in any way is prohibited.
  • Wildlife must not be used for any display, public show or exhibition unless a permit to do so is granted by the secretary.
  • Wildlife held under a permit for rehabilitation is to be released and returned to the wild.

Threatened Species Protection Act 1995

Members of the public occasionally come across an injured Threatened species such as a Swift Parrot, Wedge-tailed Eagle or Grey Goshawk. These species have additional protection under the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995. Wildlife Management Branch, DPIPWE must be contacted as soon as possible if you happen to come across these or any other threatened species.

Animal Welfare Act 1993

Duty of care to animals. A person who has the care or charge of an animal has a duty to take all reasonable measures to ensure the welfare of the animal". (Animal Welfare Act 1993 Part 2,6).

If you require a Rehabilitation Permit for:
  • a Specially Protected Species
  • a Protected Species
or you are not sure whether a permit is required for a particular species contact the Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Program, DPIPWE, or complete the application form provided below and forward it to the Wildlife Management Branch.

  Permit for Rehabilitation of Wildlife   (263Kb)

Whilst permits are a legal requirement for people to possess most wildlife, we also use them as a way of placing social animals together. Rehabilitation results often improve when species such as Sugar Gliders, Ringtail Possums and some birds are placed together.

All Wildlife is protected in State Reserves (eg National Parks) and Conservation Areas.
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