You will need a permit if you intend to operate as a wildlife carer of protected animals. 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 will authorise you to take and care for protected animals that are injured, sick or orphaned for the purpose of rehabilitation and release. You will be entitled under this permit to take:
- protected 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
- specialist species (specified on your permit), which are not listed though are generally difficult to keep, threatened, or rare
- exempt species, which are very common in captivity and / or in their natural habitat and do not usually require a permit to keep.
You will need separate permits to run a wildlife rehabilitation facility or retain protected animals unfit for release.