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Biodiversity Conservation Licence (Mammal Keeper) - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to keep native mammals as pets. The only native mammal species you may keep under this licence are the spinifex hopping-mouse and the plains rat.

This licence allows you to keep more than one or more spinifex hopping-mouse or plains rat that has been bred in captivity as a pet. It also allows you to add another class of animal in addition to a mammal. For example, you may also keep a plains rat and another kind of native animal as a pet. Spinifex hopping-mice and plains rats covered by this licence have basic keeping requirements and are readily available in captivity from licensed animal keepers.

You are not allowed to take native mammals from the wild or release them to the wild.

If you purchase an animal interstate, you must obtain a licence to transport animals interstate before you can legally bring it into NSW.

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 16 years old or the parent or guardian of the child under 16.


Two years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $63.00

Native Animal Keeper Licence: two years. Fees for 2023-24

Application process


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


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

Approval time

Allow 21 working days

Administering agency

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Environment and Heritage Group

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.