You will require this licence if you intend to deal in native wildlife, whether you operate from a retail outlet (shop, market or other business premises), or run a commercial business from your home. A wildlife dealer licence authorises you to possess, keep, breed, buy, sell or dispose of living wildlife. This licence also allows you to dispose of dead wildlife of certain species.
A licence is not required if you intend to deal only in the following animals:
- Deer (Fallow, Chital, Hog, Rusa, Sambar, Red and Wapiti)
- King Quail and non indigenous quail
- Zebra Finch
- Bourkes Parrot.
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
- have a suitable premise to house the wildlife, and be willing for these premises to be inspected prior to being issued a licence
- have obtained planning approval for your premises (if required by your local council)
- submit a completed application form
- pay the prescribed fees.
Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
You must comply with the following conditions:
- The licence must be displayed on each enclosure that contains wildlife, listing the common name of the animal and category of licence that a buyer must hold.
- Charging a fee to the public to view the display of wildlife is prohibited.
- Buyers must be provided with written information outlining how to feed, care for and house the wildlife.
- Compliance with all requirements of relevant codes of practice administered by the Bureau of Animal Welfare and the Code of Practice for the Operation of Pet Shops.
- Sales may only be able to people who hold the relevant licence or authorisation from the Agency to purchase the wildlife.
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.
Up to 3 years.
Fees for 2016-17.
All Commercial Wildlife Licences expire on 30 June each year. Renewal of a Commercial Wildlife Licence is conditional upon submission of a Return for Wildlifee, 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..
Please lodge your application, a copy of your National Police Check, a copy of your Management Plan, and any other associated documents directly with the Agency. Do not attach payment, as you will be invoiced for the fee if your application is successful following the inspection phase of the application process.
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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