Protected Animal Rescue Permit - South Australia


You will need this permit if you intend 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:

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

This permit allows you 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.

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:

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


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 You do not need to pay any fees.

Application process


Please lodge your completed application with a written reference in support of your application with the agency. A site inspection may be included as part of the application process.


Permits are not transferable.

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

South Australia
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