Nature conservation

Wildlife licences

Bird keeper's licence

All native birds are protected in NSW under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. As illegal killing and trapping has contributed to the decline of many native Australian bird species, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) manages licensing systems to regulate the keeping, buying and selling of these birds by bird keepers and pet shops.

The following webpages explain the basic laws on keeping birds in NSW as pets. They do not cover the commercial trading of protected birds. They are also not a full description of the law - it's up to you to make sure you understand all the rules. If you have any doubts at all, contact OEH for advice (see 'More information' below).

Birds you don't need a licence to keep
Find out what species are exempt from the licensing rules.

Getting a bird keeper's licence
Find out more about the type of native birds you can keep in NSW.

Buying, selling and caring for birds
Buy from legitimate dealers, keep good records, and follow guidelines for the care of your birds.

More information
Contact the Wildlife Licensing and Management Unit if you have any further queries.

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Page last updated: 12 December 2014