Wildlife Carer Permit - South Australia


You will require a permit if you want to become a wildlife carer of protected animals that are injured, sick or orphaned for the purpose of rehabilitation and release.

You will be entitled under this permit to obtain from the wild protected animals of an exempt, basic, or specialist species. You do not require a permit to rescue or rehabilitate unprotected animals.

Permit holders must comply with the permit conditions, and certain requirements of the regulations.

You will need a separate permit if you intend to run a wildlife rehabilitation facility or intend to retain protected animals 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.

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.


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 must submit the completed application form with two written references in support of your application and evidence of an animal release plan. A site inspection may be included as pert of the application process.


Permits are not transferable.

Additional information

Exempt species are animals that are very common in captivity and/or their natural habitat and do not ordinarily require a permit to keep. Basic species are common in captivity and/or their natural habitat, and listed in the legislation. Specialist species are unlisted and may be difficult to keep, threatened or rare.

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
Email: dewfaunapermitsunit@sa.gov.au