You will require this licence if you intend to produce products from native wildlife, such as possums, kangaroos, wallabies, crocodiles and emu. A wildlife processor licence authorises you to possessing, keep, buy, sell, process and dispose of dead wildlife of certain species for the purpose of providing wildlife products for sale.
A complete list of the wildlife covered by this licence is available directly from the Agency.
This licence does not allow you to prepare, mount or restore whole specimens, or parts of specimens of dead wildlife in a manner which could be regarded as taxidermy, or rent, hire or use any wildlife for promotional purposes. The licence holder must ensure that all wildlife has been bred in captivity or taken according to State or Commonwealth law.
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)
- if you are applying on behalf of a corporation of other business entity, nominate a person who will be responsible for the licence
- provide details of any offences relating to wildlife or animal cruelty of which you have been convicted
- provide a copy of a National Police Check issued within the past 2 years
- submit the relevant application form
- pay any required fees.
Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
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.
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.
As specified on the licence.
30 June each year.
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 and copy of your Management Plan.
Six to eight weeks
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Plants and Animals
Wildlife Act 1975 (Victoria)
Wildlife Regulations 2013 (Victoria)
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