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Fauna licences

Applications for the Wildlife Heroes Wildlife Rehabilitation and Emergency Grants 2020 have now closed. Applications are being assessed and applicants will soon be advised if their application has been successful.
Individual wildlife rehabilitators and groups need to apply for a Fauna possessing (other purposes) licence for the purpose of rehabilitating fauna to release to the wild. DBCA will continue to waive the fee for this licence until 30 June 2021.If you are a member of a wildlife rehabilitation group, you do not need to hold an individual fauna possessing (other purposes) licence as your activities will be authorised under the group’s licence.
More information on applying for a licence is available below or you can contact Wildlife Licensing if you have questions or need assistance to complete the licence application, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Following the commencement of the BC Act and Regulations, a Wildlife Licensing and Compliance online system is being developed. Once an applicant has registered in the system, it will allow a person to manage licence requirements under the BC Act and Regulations including apply for available licences, enter and submit return information, and renew licences. The system is passwordless, and to login an email will be sent to a nominated email address with a link to access the system.

 

Online Wildlife Licensing System

As licence types are added to this system, the list below will be updated accordingly. The following licence applications are available online:

  • Fauna possessing (pet keeper's) licence - Possess fauna as a pet *Standard or advanced category dependent on species held.
  • Fauna importing licence - Import live fauna or fauna products
  • Fauna exporting licence - Export live fauna or fauna products
Visit Wildlife Licensing System - wlc.dbca.wa.gov.au

Fauna Licences (downloadable application forms)

Until the online application system is in place for other licences, downloadable application forms are available by clicking the relevant attachment in the table below.

Fauna licences
LicenceDescription
pdfFauna taking (commercial products) licence182.51 KB Take and supply fauna (as fauna product) for commercial purposes
Fauna taking (commercial purposes) licence Take (as live fauna) and supply fauna for commercial purposes
Fauna taking (scientific or other purposes) licence Take fauna for non-commercial purposes including education, research, study and conservation
Fauna taking (dangerous fauna) licence Take dangerous fauna threatening public health or safety, stock or domesticated animals
Fauna taking (biological assessment) licence Take or disturb fauna for inventory work (and obtain specimens for identification purposes) in the provision of environmental consulting services
Fauna taking (relocation) licence Take or disturb fauna for the purpose of relocating
Fauna causing damage licence Take or disturb fauna causing an impact on public safety or biosecurity, or economic or biodiversity damage
Fauna disturbing (commercial interaction) licence Disturb fauna for commercial interaction purposes
Fauna disturbing (other purposes) licence Disturb fauna for non-commercial purposes including education, research study or conservation, or non-commercial tours
Fauna disturbing (feeding) licence Disturb fauna by feeding or luring fauna
Fauna possessing (display) licence

Possess fauna to display for conservation or education purposes

*Standard or advanced category dependent on species held.

Fauna possessing (breeding) licence Possess fauna for the purpose of breeding and supply

Fauna possessing (other purposes) licence

Possess fauna for education, conservation study, conservation or rehabilitation purposes

Fauna posessing (pet keeper's) licence

 
Fauna processing licence Process fauna and/or operate a processing establishment
Fauna dealing (general dealer’s) licence Deal in fauna (dead or alive)
Fauna dealing (pet dealer’s) licence

Deal in fauna to be kept as pets

*Standard or advanced category dependent on species held.


Licences to keep reptiles, amphibians and birds as pets

In Western Australia, a licence is required to keep reptiles, amphibians and some species of birds as pets. For more information on the licence requirements, see the  pdfFact sheet - Aviculture and Herpetofauna266.21 KB.

 Species of fauna that can be kept and under what category licence (Standard or Advanced) are listed in the pdfPet keeping and dealing list172.00 KB.

Licences are required to deal in reptiles, amphibians and birds for the pet industry. DBCA is not currently accepting applications for new herpetofauna taking licences (Fauna taking (commercial purposes) licence), however existing licensees can renew their licence under the new regime. DBCA is currently establishing a consultative committee to assist the department in the development of relevant policy and practice.

Licences for fauna rehabilitation

A sick, injured or abandoned native animal must be returned to the wild at the place where it was originally taken if it is capable of fending for itself; or given to a DBCA wildlife officer, a veterinary surgeon or a person who is authorised under a licence to rehabilitate fauna (i.e. the holder of a Fauna possessing (other purposes) licence). This must be done as soon as possible and within 72 hours of finding the sick, injured or abandoned animal.

If you find a sick, injured or abandoned animal and you require advice you should contact the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.

For species listed as threatened or specially protected or penguins, notification must be given to DBCA within 24 hours of taking possession of the animal. This can be done by completing the docxInjured or Abandoned Fauna Notification Form54.93 KB and emailing it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information on how to apply for a licence can be found in the pdfFact Sheet - Wildlife Rehabilitation256.11 KB.

Licences to display fauna

New arrangements under the regulations ensure that native animals on display are contributing to conservation while ensuring their welfare needs are being met. More information on the licences required is in the fact sheet  pdfFact Sheet -Fauna Display282.74 KB .

Biological fauna surveys

A person who takes fauna for inventory work conducted in the provision of environmental consulting services and obtains specimens for identification purposes associated with this work can do so under a Fauna taking (biological assessment) licence.

For more information on the licence requirements, see the pdfFact Sheet for Environment Consultants262.11 KB.

Commercial kangaroo harvest

For more information on the licence requirements, follow this link pdfFact Sheet - Kangaroos harvest241.65 KB.

Managed fauna

There are some species of fauna that can be taken without a licence. For more information on these species, including maps of the areas in which managed fauna can be taken, follow this link :

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