Permit to Retain Protected Animals Unfit for Release - South Australia


You will need a permit to keep rescued protected animals that are unfit for release into the wild. A protected animal includes any species of mammal, bird or reptile which is:

  • indigenous to Australia
  • migratory and occasionally migrates to, and lives in, Australia
  • specified as a protected species in the legislation.

You will be authorised under this permit to keep protected animals brought into captivity for rehabilitation but deemed unsuitable for release into the wild. You will be authorised to keep:

  • two or more unfit animals listed in the Regulations as 'basic species', which are defined as being common in captivity and / or in their natural habitat, and which keeping and selling has little impact on naturally occurring populations
  • unfit specialist species (specified on your permit), which are not listed though are generally difficult to keep, threatened, or rare.

Please contact the agency for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of keeping and caring for the species to which the permit relates, and provide photos of the facilities where animals are intended to be kept.

Please consult the agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must maintain a protected animal's record book and submit an annual fauna stock return 14 days after the expiry of your permit.


Up to one year


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All No fees apply

Application process


You will need to lodge your completed application with the agency. A site inspection may be included as part of the application process.


This permit cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department for Environment and Water

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Fauna Permit Unit

Department for Environment and Water

Operating address: Ground Floor
81 - 95 Waymouth Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1782
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Phone: 08 8124 4972