Wildlife Displayer Permit - South Australia


You will need this permit to keep, sell and display protected animals as part of a business of wildlife display, demonstration, education or entertainment. 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, sell or give, and display:

  • 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.

You may apply for 2 classes of permit:

  • a class 4 permit to display protected animals at a permanent facility and / or temporary locations elsewhere in South Australia
  • a class 5 (Mobile Wildlife Educator / Demonstrator) permit to display protected animals at temporary locations in South Australia.

You may sell or give away animals under this permit, though only to the holder of an appropriate wildlife permit and only if you have bred that animal or held it in your possession for at least six months.

You will require separate permits to import or export animals into or from South Australia.

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 handling of animals to which the permit relates and an understanding of the species specific requirements of holding and caring for such animals.

You must demonstrate experience working in a field involved with the display of animals.

You will need to meet separate criteria to display venomous snakes.

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 Amount Description
Apply Application All $510.00 Permit application fee
Apply Licence All $255.00

Half year fee (for applications lodged between 1 January and 30 June).

Vary Variation All $230.00 Additional premises

Application process


You will need to lodge your completed application with:

  • two written references to support your species-specific skills
  • an emergency response plan such as for the escape of animals
  • a proposal outlining how the establishment will provide education to the public regarding the animals.

A site inspection will be undertaken as part of the application process.


This permit cannot be transferred.

Additional information

All animals must be lawfully obtained, such as through captive breeding or purchase from a licensed dealer.

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