Nature conservation

Wildlife licences

Code of practice for injured, sick and orphaned protected fauna

The Code of practice for injured, sick and orphaned protected fauna (the Code) is designed for those involved in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native fauna and shows how they can protect the welfare of the animals in their care. It has been prepared by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) in consultation with the NSW Wildlife Council, Taronga Conservation Society and the RSPCA NSW and is supported by the NSW Animal Welfare Advisory Council of the Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services.

The Code contains both standards and guidelines for the care of native animals that are incapable of fending for themselves in their natural habitat. Compliance with the standards is a condition of all OEH rehabilitation licences. OEH has also produced a series of species-specific codes to complement the general code of practice, including a code for rehabilitating koalas.

OEH staff undertake regular audits of fauna rehabilitation facilities to assess compliance with the Code. Failure to meet the standards in the Code constitutes grounds for cancelling the licence.

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Page last updated: 24 January 2013