Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility Permit - South Australia


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:

  • native 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.

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 licence you must:

  • demonstrate experience in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wild animals
  • demonstrate knowledge of the requirements of keeping and caring for wild animals relevant to the species to which the permit pertains
  • maintain public liability insurance to cover you for any risks arising from activities under the permit.


1 year


30 June


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All You do not need to pay any fees.


Transfer process


This permit cannot be transferred.

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.