Western Australia is renowned for its unique and diverse flora. However, the natural rarity, localised distribution and small population sizes of many species, combined with the level of disturbance that has occurred since settlement in the urban, agricultural and pastoral areas, has resulted in many of these flora being threatened with extinction unless suitable management occurs.

Special protection is therefore afforded to threatened flora in Western Australia, with the authorisation of the Minister being required before such flora can be taken. On January 1 2019, the threatened species provisions of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 came into effect, replacing the old legislation that protected threatened flora. A Threatened Flora Authorisation will replace the Declared Rare Flora (DRF) Permit which were issued under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950, however the application and assessment process will remain largely the same.

A Threatened Flora Authorisation needs to be applied for if you plan on taking threatened flora for any reason. The term 'take' refers to either direct means, such as taking a scientific sample, collecting seed, clearing an area; or through indirect means, such as burning, grazing, introduction of pathogens, or the alteration of the water table. To take threatened flora without the authorisation of the Minister is an offence subject, on conviction, to a penalty of up to $500,000.

You will need a Threatened Flora Authorisation:

How do I apply for authorisation to take or disturb threatened flora?

The department's Species and Communities Program is responsible for administering Threatened Flora Authorisations. Application forms are available below to cover the  types of activities which may result in taking: for identification purposes and/or taxonomic research, other scientific research purposes, in a management operation (non-department) and a department management operation. The questions in the application forms will assist in assessing the impacts of the activity on the threatened flora and ensure that the appropriate conditions are applied to the Authorisation.

There are no fees associated with a Threatened Flora Authorisation.

Completed application forms should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted to:

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Flora Administrative Officer, Species and Communities Program
Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre, WA 6983

Is my current Declared Rare Flora (DRF) permit still valid?

If you have a current DRF permit, this approval will remain valid until the expiration date as stated on the permit. Once this expires, you will need to apply for a Threatened Flora Authorisation for any future activities which will involve taking threatened flora.

What if the species is listed as 'Threatened' nationally?

You may also need federal government approval for a species listed as a threatened under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

More information

For further information, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (08) 9219 9513.

Application form Description
docIdentification or taxonomic research purposes137.50 KB
To take herbarium specimens of threatened flora for identification purposes or other samples of threatened flora for taxonomic research.
docOther scientific research purposes163.00 KB
To take threatened flora for other scientific/research purposes (if only for taxonomic research, complete 'Identification or taxonomic research purposes' form above).
docManagement operation160.00 KB
To take threatened flora during a management operation (for example, mining, road maintenance, weed control, or clearing for infrastructure/developments).
docDBCA management operation189.00 KB
To take threatened flora during a department operation (for example, a prescribed burn or weed control) for DBCA staff.
Threatened and priority flora report form
When a new population of threatened or priority flora has been found, or visiting a known population.
Flora licences To take any flora native to Western Australia from Crown land excluding threatened species.