Biodiversity Conservation Licence (Amphibian Keeper) - New South Wales

Description

You may require this licence if you intend to keep a native amphibian as a pet. You may keep native amphibians as pets under a Companion, A1 and A2 class licences. The class of licence you will need depends on the number and species of amphibians you intend to keep.

For one amphibian, you will require a Companion Animal Keeper Licence that allows you to keep one native amphibian that has been bred by a licensed pet shop or breeder in captivity. For a list of what amphibians can be kept please see the attached document.

For more than one amphibian, you will require one of the following licences:

  • Native Animal Keeper Licence (A1) Basic Amphibian - This licence allows you to keep more than one amphibian that has been bred in captivity as a pet. This licence allows you to add another class of animal in addition to an amphibian. For example, you may also keep a native frog and another kind of native animal as a pet. Amphibians covered by this licence have basic keeping requirements and are readily available from a licensed pet shop or breeder.
  • Advanced (A2) Amphibian Licence - This licence allows you to keep amphibians that may be rare and are more difficult to keep than Companion or A1 class amphibians. These amphibians are not traded by pet shops and can only be obtained from specialist amphibian breeders.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

To keep one Companion or A1 amphibian, you must be aged 16 years and over, or the parent or guardian of children under 16.

To keep more than one Companion or A1 amphibian you must:

  • be aged 16 years and over or the parent or guardian of children under 16
  • keep an electronic record book or paper record about your animal/s.

To keep more than one A2 amphibian you must:

  • be aged 18 years or over
  • have held a Companion or Basic Amphibian Class 1 (A1) licence for at least 2 years
  • amphibians kept under an advanced (A2) licence must be from the same group (species) as those you've kept under a Companion or A1 licence.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must comply with the Hygiene Protocol for the Control of Disease in Frogs.

Duration

Licence for one amphibian lasts 5 years, licence for more than one amphibian lasts 2 years.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $50.00

Companion Animal Keeper Licence.

Apply Application All $63.00

Native Animal Keeper Licence: fee per class for two year licence.

Apply Application All $143.00

Native Animal Keeper Licence: fee per class for five year licence.

Vary Variation All $120.00

Upgrade to Advanced Native Animal Keeper Licence: fee per class for two year upgrade.

Vary Variation All $240.00

Upgrade to Advanced Native Animal Keeper Licence: fee per class for five year upgrade.

Application process

Apply

Applications can be emailed, posted or done online. If applications are completed online you will receive a discount.

Lodge

Payment can only be made by credit card, money order or cheque.

Approval time

21 days.

Additional information

This licence does not allow you to take frogs or tadpoles from the wild or to release unwanted ones.

The only non-native (exotic) amphibian that can be kept as a pet without a licence is the axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum. All other non-native frogs and amphibians cannot be kept as pets as they may become invasive and spread disease.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment

Office of Environment and Heritage

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Contact details

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

Enquiries, Wildlife Licensing and Management Unit

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Office of Environment and Heritage

Department of Planning and Environment

Mailing address: PO BOX 1967
Hurstville, New South Wales 1481
Phone: 02 9585 6406
Fax: 02 9585 6401
Email: Wildlife.licensing@environment.nsw.gov.au