Licences for working or living with threatened species

You need a licence to study, harm or pick a threatened native plant or animal.

The Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act) prohibits actions that affect threatened species and their habitats, except for three activities for which you need a licence. The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) issues licences for these activities.

They are:

  • a scientific licence – for research, education and conservation
  • an occupier licence – to harm threatened species that cause damage to property
  • a section 91 licence – to harm or pick a threatened plant or animal, population, ecological community, or to damage habitat.

To apply for a licence to keep native animals as pets, move native animals across state borders, or commercially trade native animals and plants, see wildlife licences.

To apply for licences for threatened fish and marine vegetation, visit the Department of Primary Industries.