Approved Wildlife Trade Operation - Australian Government


You will need this approval if you intend to export Australian native wildlife for commercial purposes. The kinds of operations that require approval include:

  • market testing operation
  • small-scale operations
  • developmental operations
  • commercial fisheries
  • provisional operation
  • existing stocks operation.

Approval to operate as a wildlife trade operation is required for the taking of certain native wildlife specimens and their export. Wildlife effected includes those listed with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Service type


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


You will not require this permit if the native wildlife you intend to export is included on the List of Exempt Native Specimens.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must make sure:

  • the operation is not likely to threaten any relevant ecosystem
  • the operation is not detrimental to the survival of taxon to which the operation relates
  • that if the operation takes live specimens, that the conditions that relate to the welfare of the specimens are adhered too.


New operations may be approved for up to three years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Licence All

Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader List of Exempt Native Specimens Instrument 2001 (Opens in new window)
Comply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader List of CITES Species (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.