Wildlife Taxidermist Licence - Victoria

Service summary

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.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

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.

Prerequisites

Ongoing 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.

Duration

Annual.

Expiry

30 June.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyLicence$567.36

Fees for 2016-17.

Application

Apply

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.


Lodgement

Apply

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.


Approval time

Allow six to eight weeks for the application process, including a site inspection.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Plants and Animals

Act(s) name

Wildlife Act 1975 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Wildlife Regulations 2013 (Victoria)

Contact details

Wildlife and Game Licensing
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Plants and Animals

Operating address:
8 Nicholson Street
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002
Mailing address:
PO BOX 500
East Melbourne, Victoria 8002

Phone:

13 61 86

Fax:

03 9637 8475

Supporting information

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