Policies and guidelines

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.

The following policies and guidelines ensure that:

  • sick or injured native plants and animals are appropriately cared for and returned to the wild
  • people gain more understanding of the behaviour of native animals
  • people that care for, trade in or manage native animals follow the correct procedures.

Guidelines for rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine reptiles
Guiding the appropriate care and rehabilitation of marine turtles and sea snakes who have been injured by boats or fishing equipment, or become ill as a result of marine pollution.

Policy on management of aggressive native birds
Ensuring that people behave appropriately when they have contact with birds such as magpies and butcherbirds which are trying to protect their young during the breeding season.

Policy on the rehabilitation of protected fauna
Ensuring that wildlife carers have the knowledge to care for and rehabilitate sick or injured animals.

Policy on the trade of protected animals
Ensuring that the commercial trade in native animals is stringently monitored and regulated.

Policy on the translocation of threatened fauna in NSW
Ensuring that translocation is conducted appropriately and is only used as a last resort once other conservation methods have failed.

Threatened species disclosure information policy
Guiding the amount and type of information that should be revealed on the location of threatened species.

Page last updated: 09 August 2017