You will need this permit if you intend to operate a wildlife rehabilitation facility for protected animals. 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.
Wildlife rehabilitation includes:
- the capture and handling of animals
- the treatment or euthanasia of sick or injured animals
- the release of rehabilitated animals.
You will be authorised under this permit to keep protected animals that are sick, injured or orphaned for the purpose of rehabilitation at one or more facilities specified on your permit. This permit relates to:
- 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 their natural habitat and do not usually require a permit to keep.
You will not require a permit to rehabilitate unprotected animals.