You need this licence if you intend to rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned native animals. There are 2 types of permit:
- Least concern species - this permit relates to least concern native animals. Least concern wildlife includes all plants, birds, reptiles and amphibians indigenous to Australia, other than those that are extinct in the wild, endangered, vulnerable or near threatened.
- Specialist species - this permit relates to native animals that need highly specialised care. For example koalas, echidna, platypus, raptors and reptiles or any endangered, vulnerable or near threatened native species.
A rehabilitation permit may only be issued to a person who intends to rehabilitate and release the animal. Carers must release animals to the wild once they are again able to live in the appropriate natural habitat.
All carers must comply with the 'Code of practice - care of sick, injured or orphaned protected animals'.