Rehabilitation permit - Queensland


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 native 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.

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 permit you must:

  • have experience with in wildlife care / rehabilitation activities
  • provide a letter of recommendation from a recognised wildlife carer with five years' experience or a registered wildlife care group licensed for more than five years
  • provide two referees (only applicable to the specialist species permit)
  • not have a criminal conviction that relates to animal welfare issues or related conservation matters within the past three years.

You must keep the animal in a way that contributes, or is likely to contribute, to the animals release and survival in the wild. It is not appropriate, for example, to keep animals undergoing rehabilitation in the company of domesticated cats or dogs, as this may remove the animal's natural fear of these animals and make it more likely to be injured in the wild.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All There are no fees for this permit.

Approval time

Up to 40 days


This licence cannot be transferred

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

Wildlife and Threatened Species Operations

Contact details

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