You will require this licence if you intend to undertake taxidermy. A wildlife taxidermist licence authorises you to possess, keep, buy sell, process and dispose of wildlife for taxidermy (preparing, mounting and restoring dead animals for display). It also authorises you to provide specimens of dead wildlife for use in commercial films. A licence is required for most native animals, and certain non-indigenous animals.
You must not display or show wildlife at premises other than the one that is on the licence unless prior approval has been granted.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for this licence you must:
- be at least 18 years old (or provide the signed consent of your parent or guardian);
- be a person of good character;
- provide details of any findings of guilt for animal cruelty offences or wildlife against you during the last 10 years;
- provide any other information required by the Agency;
- submit a completed application form; and
- pay the prescribed fees.
Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
You will need to comply with any conditions or restrictions placed on your licence by the agency.
Throughout the year you must maintain accurate and up to date records to assist in monitoring wildlife possession and trade. There are 5 main record keeping requirements:
- informing the Agency of changes in your personal details, or details of the nominated person responsible
- informing the Agency of any changes to the employees who work under your licence
- maintaining accurate records of wildlife transactions in your Record Book
- informing the Agency if your wildlife has escaped or been stolen
- submitting annual Return Forms detailing wildlife in your possession and any transactions in the past 12 months.
Fees for 2016-17.
Please lodge your application directly with the Agency. Do not attach payment as you will be invoiced for the fee if your application is approved. You will need to attach to your application form a copy of your National Police Check.
All Commercial Wildlife Licences expire on 30 June each year. Renewal of a Commercial Wildlife Licence is conditional upon submission of a 'Return for Wildlife', which must be received by The Wildlife and Game Licence Service by April 14.
Licence holders who meet this requirement will receive a renewal notice approximately 4-6 weeks before their licence expires on 30 June.
Allow six to eight weeks for the application process, including a site inspection.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Plants and Animals
Wildlife Act 1975 (Victoria)
Wildlife Regulations 2013 (Victoria)
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