Protected Animal Rescue Permit - South Australia


You will need this permit to rescue protected animals from the wild for the purpose of short term rehabilitation and release. 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 rescue injured, sick or orphaned animals.

You will not require this permit if you are already the holder of a Wildlife Carer Permit or Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility Permit for the species you intend to rescue.

You will require a separate permit to keep a protected animal deemed unfit for release.

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 experience in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wild animals, and of the requirements of keeping and caring for wild animals, relevant to the species to which the permit pertains.

You must provide information to support why the animal is to be taken from the wild, how the animal kept and treated during rehabilitation, and how the animal is to be released back to the wild.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

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


Permits are valid for 28 days from the date of issue.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All No fees apply.

Application process


You must complete the application form and submit it, along with a written reference in support of your application, to the agency. A site inspection may be included as part of the application process.


Permits are not transferable.

Additional information

You must supply a written reference to attest to your skills and ability in caring for the species to which the permit relates.

You must take steps to ensure the animal is not humanised (that is, imprinted by contact with humans) in the rehabilitation process.

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