Fee changes for licences under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007

The Wildlife Conservation Amendment Regulations 2017 were published in the Western Australian Government Gazette on 11 August 2017 to amend or introduce some wildlife licence fees. Each year, government departments are required to review tariffs, fees and charges with the aim of recovering costs for services offered.

New fees to be implemented from 1 January 2018 are outlined below:

Amended and introduced fees that were implemented in 2017 are outlined below:

Online Wildlife Licensing System

From 16 January 2017, applications for several wildlife licence types will be available online via the new Wildlife Licensing System.

The new online system improves the process for applying for and processing wildlife licence applications, enabling applicants/licensees to register an account and apply for a licence, pay licence fees, and submit returns online. The system dashboard also shows all pending applications, licences issued, and returns submitted for each user.

Licence types currently available online are:

Wildlife Conservation Regulations 1970
  • Regulation 4 licence to take dangerous fauna
  • Regulation 5 licence to take protected fauna causing damage to property
  • Regulation 13 licence to deal in avian fauna
  • Regulation 15 licence to take fauna for educational or public purposes (excluding marine mammal interaction licences)
  • Regulation 17 licence to take fauna for scientific purposes*
Wildlife Conservation (Reptiles and Amphibians) Regulations 2002
  • Regulation 17(1) reptile removalist’s licence

Additional licence types will be added to the online system over time.

All applications for the above licence applications must be made online via the new system from 16th January.

*Refer to this guidance note regarding data requirements for returns for Regulation 17 licences issued in the new system.

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  • Call for representation for aviculture and herpetofauna enthusiasts

    The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is transitioning to new legislation in 2019.

    The Biodiversity Conservation Act will mean a change to the wildlife licensing regime and the department is calling for interested parties from the avicultural and herpetofauna pet keeping groups to nominate their interest for consideration.

    Aviculture and Herpetofauna Native Fauna Pet Keeping Consultative Committees will be established to assist the department in developing specific policy and practices relevant to the respective groups. The department is seeking to establish consultative committees representative of the diverse interests within these groups and to partner with key departmental and other parties in providing holistic and relevant outcomes to inform the wildlife licensing regime.

    In selecting representatives the department will consider:

    • Licenses held by the applicant
    • Background and experience of the applicant with regard to native fauna pet keeping
    • The ability of the applicant to effectively liaise with the wider pet keeping groups, particularly in regional areas of Western Australia
    • Demonstrated experience or a strong interest in developing policy and practices to improve and support native fauna pet keeping in WA
    • Representatives spanning the metropolitan area, south-west and remote regions of WA.

    Proposed roles and responsibilities of members include:

    • Attend meetings (in person or via phone link) regularly, noting that this may be intensive from early 2019 and then reduce
    • Communicate outcomes and seek input from the relevant native fauna pet keeping community
    • Provide constructive input and seek solutions
    • Treat all other members, and the broader community with respect
    • Demonstrate an ongoing interest in contributing to achieve the goals of the group.

    If you wish to nominate, please email the department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “Nomination for aviculture OR herpetofauna consultative committee” (choose the applicable category). Please address the above considerations to help the department assess your application. 

    All applications must be received by 4pm Friday December 21. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application in 2019.

Flora licensing

Taking or collecting flora

All flora that is native to Western Australia is protected throughout the State under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950. Protected flora is defined as any plant (including any wildflower, palm, shrub tree, fern, creeper or vine) and includes any part of a plant, including seeds and spores.

The taking of flora is regulated by the issue of licences under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and Wildlife Conservation Regulations 1970. A Scientific or Other Prescribed Purposes (SOPP) Licence is required to take flora from Crown land (non-commercial) and a Commercial Purposes Licence is required for the take of flora for sale from Crown land. A Commercial Producer’s Licence is required to sell flora taken lawfully from private property.

The harvesting of native flora in Western Australia for commercial purposes is conducted in accordance with the department’s plan ‘ pdfManagement of Commercial Harvesting of Protected Flora in Western Australia16.51 MB’.  A system of licensing, area and species-specific management, and monitoring has been developed to ensure the conservation of flora being harvested. The plan is also recognised as an approved Wildlife Trade Management Plan  under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Native sandalwood

Western Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) is a slow-growing, long-lived small woody tree or shrub that occurs naturally throughout the southern part of the State and into South Australia. It is valuable and highly sought-after for the oils the plant contains. Western Australian sandalwood is now unique as the world’s largest and only remaining wild resource.

Native sandalwood harvesting on Crown land is managed by the Forest Products Commission under a contract system through a licence issued by Parks and Wildlife. Parks and Wildlife regulates the sandalwood harvest from freehold land under a licencing system.

In May 2014, the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs released a report on the findings of its inquiry into the sandalwood industry. The report, Report 35 – Inquiry into the Sandalwood Industry in Western Australia, recommended a review of the native sandalwood harvest quota with a view to reducing the quantity that may be harvested.

In May 2015, Parks and Wildlife reviewed the native sandalwood harvest quota and provided advice on an appropriate quantity, composition and duration of the harvest to improve the conservation outcomes for the species, as well as providing the range of regional, social and economic objectives sought by government for this industry.

pdfReview of the Sandalwood (Limitation of Removal of Sandalwood) Order 1996 Report622.27 KB

The native sandalwood harvest quota for the next 10 years and six months from 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2026 has been set through the Sandalwood (Limitation on Removal of Sandalwood) Order (No. 2) 2015.

Fauna licensing

Licences for fauna surveys

People who carry out fauna surveys must hold a licence to take fauna for scientific purposes. Licence holders are also required to submit a return detailing the species and numbers that were captured or sighted. The Fauna Survey Returns System captures these returns in an electronic format but has limited search and download capabilities for searching other submitted returns. However, NatureMap has records from multiple sources, including fauna surveys, and is a powerful search tool.

Other fauna licences

You also require a licence to deal in herpetofauna, to keep fauna for educational purposes, to undertake professional kangaroo shooting, to remove reptiles, to farm and breed fauna for sale or commercial display, and to acquire, import or export fauna or to take fauna and flora for other purposes.

Licences to keep reptiles and birds as pets

In Western Australia, a licence is required to keep reptiles, amphibians and some birds as pets. This measure is in place to ensure such animals receive the specialised care they require and wild populations are protected.

Bringing plants and animals into Western Australia

To protect our environment, many plants and animals cannot be brought into Western Australia, even from other Australian states.

The agriculture and fisheries departments work together to protect our wildlife from commercial exploitation, and from the introduction of exotic pests, diseases and weeds into the state.

If you illegally import animals or plants that are prohibited or restricted, they can be seized, and you can be fined or even imprisoned.

Pet animals

There are strict regulations on keeping native mammals, some birds, and all reptiles and frogs in Western Australia.

There are no restrictions to bringing in pet cats, dogs and most domesticated animals from other states, although you will have to meet local council regulations, such as pet registration and microchipping.

Planning to bring in any pets that may need a permit?
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. well before your travel date.
Even if your bird, reptile or frog is licenced in your state, you still need check if you can bring it into Western Australia.


Western Australia remains relatively free of pests and diseases that adversely affect our agricultural industries and environment. Plants, bulbs, flowers, soil and potting mix can carry pests and diseases that pose a risk, including the possibility of becoming weeds themselves.

Planning to bring in any plants, seeds or bulbs?
Contact the Department of Agriculture and Food well before your travel date.

Contact us

Contact us for further information on wildlife licensing.

Physical address: 
17 Dick Perry Avenue
Technology Park, Western Precinct
Postal address: 
Wildlife Licensing Section
Parks and Wildlife
Locked Bag 30
Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983

Telephone: +61 8 9219 9831
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Beekeeping (apiary) licences

Parks and Wildlife can grant apiary site permits and licences for the use of Crown lands. The department can also grant apiary authorities on land vested in the Conservation Commission, subject to consultation with the Commission and the approval of the Minister for Environment. Granting of licences and permits must be in accordance with a management plan for the area. The department also seeks the approval of other government agencies when applications are received for the placement of beehives on land not managed by the department.

Apiary authorities can be issued for a term of one year, three years, five years or seven years depending on the land tenure. Stringent environmental conditions ensure compliance with the department's management requirements, water catchment guidelines, dieback control, fire prevention and native vegetation clearing.

Apiary application forms and information

Commercial Operations Licences

Anyone operating a commercial business or offering educational services for private benefit (profit) in areas managed by Parks and Wildlife will require a Commercial Operations Licence.

This not only includes tourism and recreational related products, but also services such as the supply of transport, information, instruction, supervision and the sale of goods Regulation 2).

Commercial operations licence application forms

Commercial filming lawful authority

Any photographer taking images or footage for commercial purposes on Parks and Wildlife-managed lands must obtain the department's permission. Non-commercial/private photography does not normally require lawful authority. 

Commercial filming permit forms

Articles in this category:

Title Modified Date
Birds as pets Tuesday, 30 January 2018 13:41
Fauna licences Thursday, 01 February 2018 11:51
Flora licences Wednesday, 03 January 2018 07:45