Wildlife Regulations Review Public Consultation

​​Public comment is now invited on the following two Draft Regulations:

How to make a submission

Submissions close on 30 September 2021

Send your submissions to:
Or by Mail:
Section Head (Policy and Projects Section)
Natural and Cultural Heritage
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001 

To assist in our ability to effectively consider your submission, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent. Illegible or unintelligible submissions may not be considered.


​About the Draft Regulations

The Draft Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2021 are a consolidation of the current Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010 and Wildlife (Exhibited Animals) Regulations 2010, which provide for the conservation, management, and display of wildlife in Tasmania. The intention of the Draft Regulations is to regulate wildlife-related activities so that they can be conducted appropriately.  

The Draft Nature Conservation (Deer Farming) Regulations 2021 have been amended from the Wildlife (Deer Farming) Regulations 2010, which govern the farming of European fallow deer (Dama dama dama) in Tasmania.  

The development of these draft regulations was informed by extensive stakeholder consultation during 2019 and 2020. The intention is to reflect contemporary views on wildlife management and to improve functionality and clarity in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act 2002. While the general intent of the regulations has not changed, the Draft Regulations have a new look and structure and include some changes to content that may affect stakeholders.

Public consultation is a key part of the regulation review process, and the perspectives and concerns of stakeholders will be considered in finalising the regulations. 


Information Sheets: Policy changes and administrative adjustments

Information Sheets have been developed and are linked below. Each Information Sheet relates to a specific topic and the associated regulations and summarises the changes that are being proposed. 

 Hunting Wildlife and Royalties Information Sheet (PDF 190Kb)

Topics include: Commercial hunting licences, game licensing, payment of royalties, game take limits


 Possessing and Displaying Wildlife Information Sheet (PDF 215Kb)

Topics include: Wildlife exhibition, wildlife display, emergency rescue, roadkill


 Protecting People Places and Property Information Sheet (PDF 218Kb)

Topics include: Wildlife management to mitigate harm to people, property, and places including primary production and commercial fish farming


 Deer Farming Information Sheet (PDF 210Kb)

Topics include: Authorisation and conditioning of deer farms and management of farm deer.


 Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Sheet (PDF 178Kb)

Topics include: Authorisation and conditioning of caring for injured and orphaned wildlife


 Possessing Products of Wildlife Information Sheet (PDF 204Kb)​

Topics include: Taxidermy, records and returns, commercial receipt of wildlife products
There is also a list of Frequently Asked Questions, as well as information on the review process.


Permit and Licenc​​e Name Changes

Please note that some Permit and Licence names have been changed in the Draft Regulations. Likewise, there are some new authorisation types. To assist navigation of the Draft Regulations please refer to the table below to see what permit or licence names may have changed:

​2010 Wildlife Regulations permit/licence

​Draft 2021 Wildlife Regulations permit/licence
​Fauna dealers licence (skins)
​Commercial wildlife traders licence
​Permit to receive skins
​Not included - now managed through Commercial purposes and Commercial taxidermy licences 
​​Commercial wallaby hunters licence
​Commercial purposes licence
​Commercial brushtail possum permit
​Commercial purposes licence
​Commercial forester kangaroo ​permit
​Commercial purposes licence
​Wallaby licence
​Hunting licence
​Muttonbird licence
​Hunting licence
​Deer licence
​Hunting licence
​Duck licence
​Hunting licence
​Pheasant licence
​Hunting licence
​Brown quail licence
​Hunting licence
​Permit to arrange and organised shoot
​Authority to arrange an organised shoot
​Crop protection permit
​Property protection permit
​Seal deterrent permit
​No name change
​Wildlife exhibition licence
​No name change
​Travelling wildlife exhibition permit
​No name change
​Wildlife display permit
​No name change
​Commercial muttonbird catchers licence
​Not included - no longer a licence type
​Commercial taxidermy licence
​No name change
​Permit for export
​Wildlife export permit
​Permit for taking specially protected, protected, or partly protected wildlife in special cases (Permit to possess protected wildlife)
​Special purposes wildlife permit
​Permit to take wildlife for scientific or educational purposes
​Scientific or educational wildlife permit



Important information to note regarding submissions

Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published on the Department’s website, unless you request otherwise. 
In the absence of a clear indication that a submission or parts of a submission are intended to be treated as confidential, the Department will treat the submission as public and publish it on its website. 

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. Please clearly identify the parts of your submission that you wish to remain confidential and the reasons why (see “The Right to Information Act 2009 and Confidentiality”). Your submission will be published to the extent of your request. 

The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material, or submissions that breach any laws.  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.

Submissions that do not substantively comment on issues that are relevant to the consultation will not be published.
Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government. 


The Right to Information Act 2009 and confi​dentiality 

Information provided to the Government, including submissions, may be provided to a third party who applies for access to this information under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009

If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons why you wish this information to remain confidential may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. 

In the event of a third party application for such information, you may be contacted and asked to provide comment. 


Accessibility of submission

We are committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs. However, it cannot take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided to it by a third party.

Please contact us if you have difficulty accessing or understanding the information, or if you need more information:

Draft Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2021 
Phone: (03) 6165 4305

Draft Nature Conservation (Deer Farming) Regulations 2021
Phone: 1300 292 292






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