Wildlife licensing changes: Public consultation

Tell us what you think about proposed changes to wildlife licences. Submissions close 24 July 2018.

Have your say on proposed changes to wildlife licensing

The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act) commenced on 25 August 2017.

We are seeking your feedback on proposed changes to wildlife licensing to support the objectives of the new Act.

A discussion paper and other related documents about these changes have been released for public comment.

Submissions close 24 July 2018.

About the proposed changes

Native plants and animals in New South Wales are protected by the BC Act.

Under the BC Act, the regulation of human-wildlife interactions is proposed to change to a new risk-based approach where:

  • low-risk activities will be exempt from regulation
  • moderate-risk activities will be regulated by enforceable codes of practice
  • high-risk activities will continue to be licensed
  • activities not permitted under exemptions, codes or licensing will remain prohibited.

Discussion paper

Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has prepared a discussion paper to seek stakeholder comments on proposed changes to wildlife licence classes to implement a risk-based approach to regulating human-native wildlife interactions.

View the discussion paper below and tell us what you think about the proposals raised regarding wildlife licences.

Draft Codes of Practice for native animal keeping

In addition, draft BC Act codes of practice have been issued for stakeholder comment for the keeping of lower risk native birds, frogs and reptiles, that is, those species that are relatively easy to keep and are widely available from captive-bred sources.

A draft revised Animal Keepers Species List is also issued for consultation. It sets out the species that are proposed to be regulated by code of practice and the species for which a keeper's licence will continue to be required.

View the draft Codes of Practice and revised Animal Keepers Species List and tell us what you think

How you can comment on the proposed changes

Read the discussion paper, draft codes of practice and revised Animal Keepers Species List and submit your feedback by 24 July 2018.

While all submissions count, they are most effective when we understand your ideas and the outcomes you want. Following are some suggestions to help you write your submission:

  • write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you
  • note which part or section of the discussion paper, draft codes of practice or species list your comments relate to
  • give reasons or examples in support of your points – this helps avoid misinterpretation and makes it easier for us consider your ideas
  • if you agree or support a particular part or idea in the discussion paper, draft codes of practice or species list, please tell us
  • if you disagree, please tell us specifically what you disagree with and why you disagree
  • it is very helpful to suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can

Your feedback will be considered in finalising changes to licence classes, codes of practice and the Animal Keepers Species List.

More information

Read more about the wildlife licensing reforms.

For further information about the discussion paper and related documents please contact the Wildlife Biodiversity Reforms team by email wildlife.reforms@environment.nsw.gov.au

Your privacy

Your submission may include personal information. The Office of Environment and Heritage complies with the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 which regulates the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal information. For more information, see the Office of Environment and Heritage privacy page.

Office of Environment and Heritage values public input and appreciates that information provided may be private and personal. If you wish your submission or your personal details to be treated as confidential for any reason then you can request this occurs. Please indicate your preference by ticking the relevant box on the submission form below or by indicating your preferences in your written submission. You should be aware that Office of Environment and Heritage may be required by law to release copies of submissions to third parties. A request for access to a confidential submission will be determined in accordance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

Please be aware that if you do not make a request for confidentiality, then Office of Environment and Heritage may make your submission, including any personal details contained in the submission available to the public if requested to do so.

Have your say

Submit your feedback by 24 July 2018.

You can provide your written submission in any of the following ways:


By email
Email your submission to: wildlife.reforms@environment.nsw.gov.au


By mail
Post your written submission to:
Wildlife Licensing Consultation
National Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 1967
Hurstville, NSW 1481


Make a submission online by using the online form below

The information you provide in this form will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected. By submitting, you consent to storage, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy. You can request access and amendment of your personal information.