Landholder licences to harm native animals on private property

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.

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 the protected native animals responsible. Note: landholder’s licences were previously called occupier’s licences.

How to apply

  1. Contact your local your local NPWS office.
  2. Owner-occupier's are encouraged to call their local office prior to lodging an application to discuss the nature and severity of the issue and any non-lethal measures that can be implemented to mitigate the problem.

  3. Complete the application form.

  4. Lodge the application with your local NPWS office.

More information


Contact the Wildlife Team

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Page last updated: 28 August 2017