Wildlife Displayer Permit - South Australia


You will need this permit if you intend 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:

  • 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 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.

There are two 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.

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 handling of animals to which the permit relates
  • demonstrate an understanding of the species specific requirements of holding and caring for such animals
  • demonstrate experience working in a field involved with the display of animals.

All animals must be lawfully obtained, such as through captive breeding or purchase from a licensed dealer. You will need to meet separate criteria to display venomous snakes.


1 year


30 June


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Fee information is in the attached fees resource.

Administering agency

Department for Environment and Water

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