Landholder's licence to harm native animals

How to apply for a biodiversity conservation licence under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 to harm protected native animals.

If protected native animals are shown to be a threat to human safety, damaging property and/or causing economic hardship the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) may issue a landholder's licence, a class of biodiversity conservation licence under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, to the owner or occupier of a property, or another person authorised under the landholder's licence, to harm (for example, cull or catch and release) the protected native animals responsible. Note: landholder's licences were previously called occupier's licences.

How to apply

  1. Download the application form for a Landholder's licence (DOC 206KB)
  2. Contact your local your local NPWS office.
    Please call your local NPWS office before lodging an application to discuss the nature and severity of the issue and any non-lethal measures that may reduce or solve the problem.
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Lodge the application with your local NPWS office.

Public register

Go to the public register of licences to harm to view information about the biodiversity conservation licences granted by NPWS that authorise harm to protected animals, including landholder's licences. You'll also find information about the conditions for licences to harm different types of protected animals.

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Page last updated: 24 May 2018