Wildlife Controller Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to take wildlife in circumstances where the wildlife is damaging property or is a danger to people. This licence authorises you to take such wildlife from the wild and destroy, dispose of, or sell the wildlife. It may only authorise you to take the following kinds of wildlife:

  • Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo
  • Long-Billed Corella
  • Galah
  • Common Brushtail Possum
  • Common Wombat
  • All indigenous reptiles.

Employees of the licence holder must have a copy of the licence when they are undertaking any activity that is authorised under this licence.

Service type


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)
  • if applying on behalf of a corporation, or other business entity, nominate a person who will be responsible for the licence
  • 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
  • pay the prescribed fees.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Ongoing requirements

The licence holder may only operate on a property or area of land with the consent of the land owner or occupier and control those animals listed in the licence, using only the equipment specified in the licence, and may not export wildlife taken in conjunction with this licence.

Any bird that is taken must be marked before it is moved from the environment it was taken from.

Throughout the year you must maintain accurate and up to date records to assist in monitoring wildlife possession and trade.


1 year.


30 June.



Fees for 2016-17.



Please lodge your application form, a copy of your National Police Check and any other associated documents directly with the Agency. Do not attach payment - you will be invoiced for the fee if your application is approved.



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

Six to eight weeks.

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,3002


13 61 86


03 9637 8475

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