How do I get a licence to keep a native frog, turtle, snake or bird?

Apart from a few species of birds, it is illegal to keep most native animals as pets. However, some species can be kept under licence.

Find out more about keeping native animals as pets

Application forms and fees

Anyone over 16 years of age can apply for a native animal keepers licence. Anyone under 16 must have consent from a parent or guardian who must ensure they comply with the animal's care needs.

Wildlife caring

If you enjoy caring for animals, an alternative to keeping a pet is to help rescue sick or injured wildlife and care for orphaned young. Wildlife rehabilitation organisations always need more volunteer carers.

See the full list of NSW wildlife organisations

Contact

For enquiries about licensing, contact the Wildlife Licensing and Management Unit.
By phone: (02) 9585 6406
By email: wildlife.licensing@environment.nsw.gov.au

Are you aware of upcoming changes to wildlife licensing?

The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 is scheduled to commence from 25 August 2017.

Existing wildlife licence classes, conditions and fees will remain in place after the Act begins.

Proposed changes to wildlife licensing under the new Act will be exhibited for public comment in the second half of 2017. These changes are expected to be taken up during 2018.

Learn more about the wildlife licensing reforms.