Best Practice Guidelines for Wildlife Rehabilitation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is seeking comment on new draft Best Practice Guidelines for Wildlife Rehabilitation.

  Draft Best Practice Guidelines for Wildlife Rehabilitation   (1Mb)


How to make ​a submission

All written submissions on the draft Guidelines must be received by close of business on 10 December 2020.

Send submissions to:
Kellie Lovell (Project Officer/Injured and Orphaned Wildlife Coordinator)

Mail: Natural and Cultural Heritage Division GPO Box 44, Hobart TAS 7001


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Please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in as a Microsoft Word document. The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

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Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.

In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public. 

If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission. Clearly identify the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential, and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request. 

Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government. 

The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

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Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.​

Ove​​rview

The draft Guidelines cover similar topics to the General Requirements for Wildlife Rehabilitation. However, more detailed information on the expectations for best practice wildlife rehabilitation and new information has been incorporated.

The draft Guidelines:
  • recognise the need for guidance for wildlife rehabilitation
  • reflect new information from wildlife research, the experiences of veterinarians and wildlife rehabilitators and changes in community expectations for wildlife rehabilitation
  • provide a contemporary approach to best practice wildlife rehabilitation and animal welfare 
  • bring Tasmania in line with other jurisdictions
  • incorporate feedback provided by the wildlife rehabilitation sector over the last five years

Backgrou​​​nd​

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) currently provides a document called the General Requirements for Wildlife Rehabilitation to wildlife rehabilitators as a guide for best practice wildlife rehabilitation. 

This document was produced in 2012. In 2018, DPIPWE committed to providing a more contemporary document. The draft Best Practice Guidelines for Wildlife Rehabilitation will meet that commitment once they are finalised. 

The draft Guidelines are also intended to complement introductory wildlife rehabilitation training developed by DPIPWE in partnership with wildlife rehabilitation experts and training providers. The draft Guidelines bring guidance available in Tasmania in better line with that available in other Australian States and Territories.

​The draft Guidelines cover similar topics to the General Requirements for Wildlife Rehabilitation. However, more detailed information on the expectations for best practice wildlife rehabilitation and new information has been incorporated. 

People in Tasmania who wish to rehabilitate wildlife must be authorised to do so under the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010. DPIPWE issues permits to wildlife rehabilitators which are subject to a range of conditions and restrictions intended to ensure rehabilitation activities occur in an appropriate manner. The Guidelines support authorised wildlife rehabilitators in attaining best practice wildlife rehabilitation. The Guidelines are not currently enforceable. 

The Department inspects private wildlife rehabilitation facilities on an as-needs basis, including in response to complaints or other information that suggests an investigation is warranted. 

 

Submissions​

​Submi​ssion Number
​Name (organisation or individ​​ual)
​Date Received
​​PD​F
​1
​Ms Barbara Walton
​29 Oct
​​

  Submission 01   (104Kb)​

​2
​Mr Jason Graham
1 Nov​

  Submission 02   (127Kb)

​3
​Ms Lesley Kurek
​9 Nov

  Submission 03   (305Kb)

​4
​Mr Cory Young
​10 Nov

  Submission 04   (623Kb)​


​Confidential (1 received)​




Contact

Natural Heritage Policy
Natural and Cultural Heritage Division
Email: NaturalHeritage.Policy@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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