Code of Practice for the Welfare of Wildlife During Rehabilitation - Victoria


You will be required to comply with this code if you intend to keep wildlife on your premises while it is being rehabilitated. The purpose of this code is to ensure the welfare of animals undergoing all stages of wildlife rehabilitation. This includes caring for injured, sick, or orphaned native animals and providing access to veterinary assessment and treatment where required, then nursing care and support, with the goal of restoring them to their natural condition and habitat.

The code provides guidance for carers on a range of requirements. These include:

  • assessments
  • care
  • shelters and accommodation
  • food and water
  • health and well-being
  • handling
  • release.

Please contact the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 VIC

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources


Contact details

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Licensing Officer


Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Operating address: 475 Mickleham Road
Attwood, Victoria 3049
Mailing address: PO Box 2500
Bendigo, Victoria
Phone: 03 9217 4200
Fax: 03 9217 4416
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