Nature conservation

Native animals

Information for licensed rehabilitation groups

OEH is committed to supporting fauna rehabilitators and working in partnership with them to find new and effective ways to contribute to the protection of NSW wildlife.

The Rehabilitation of Protected Fauna Policy 2010 outlines how OEH regulates fauna rehabilitation.

All rehabilitators are required to comply with the Code of Practice for Injured, Sick and Orphaned Protected Fauna to ensure good welfare outcomes for animals. The code provides for standardised reporting of the rescue and fate of sick and injured animals. The implementation of these standards will enable all land managers to better understand and respond to trends impacting on native species. OEH is requesting all licensed groups to transition their record keeping toward the field descriptors recommended in the data collection spreadsheet. The key data fields are those documenting the name of the species, where the animal was found, the likely cause of injury and its ultimate fate.

The NSW Wildlife Council is the peak body for licensed fauna rehabilitators in NSW. It provides member groups with public liability and personal accident insurance (funded by OEH and the RTA). It also provides guidance on issues such as conflict management and accessing funding.

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Page last updated: 24 January 2013