Licence to harm a threatened species or ecological community

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.

A Threatened species licence, a class of biodiversity conservation licence under Part 2 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, may be required if an action is likely to result in:

  • harm to an animal that is a threatened species or part of an ecological community; or
  • picking a plant that is a threatened species or part of an ecological community; or
  • damage to a habitat of a threatened species or ecological community; or
  • damage to a declared area of outstanding biodiversity conservation value.

Applying for a Threatened species licence

After submission of a Threatened species licence application and application fee, OEH will process the application. The possible outcomes are:

  1. OEH could grant a licence under Part 2 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, with or without conditions, or
  2. OEH could refuse the application

Some applications can take longer to process than others, due to the nature of the proposed actions.

Public register

Go to the threatened species licence public register to view information about all threatened species licences submitted to OEH. A hard copy of this register is also available in the OEH library at our Sydney CBD Head Office.

Page last updated: 28 August 2017