In Western Australia, the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and Regulations provide for the conservation and protection of wildlife, and govern the activities of wildlife rehabilitators.
Regulation 28A states that a person may temporarily keep an animal that is sick, injured, diseased or abandoned in captivity until it recovers or can fend for itself.
The recovered animal must be released to a place where it is ordinarily found in the wild.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife in Western Australia is responsible for implementing this legislation as it applies to the management of wildlife.
To help implement the legislation effectively, the department offers courses and support for wildlife rehabilitators on an on-going basis.
Parks and Wildlife also provides guidance on standards for wildlife rehabilitation in Western Australia, including Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation in Western Australia930.53 KB.