If protected animals are a threat to human safety, damaging property and/or causing economic hardship, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) may grant a biodiversity conservation licence under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act) to harm (for example, cull or capture and relocate) the protected animals responsible.
The public register of licences to harm is a register of the different types of biodiversity conservation licences granted by NPWS that authorise harm to protected animals, and include the following:
- Landholder's licence to harm – authorises culling or removal of protected animals from a landholder's property if the animals are shown to be a threat to human safety, damaging property or causing economic hardship.
- General licence to harm (site specific) – in most cases authorises the licensee to harm protected animals on a specific property linked to a landholder's licence to harm.
- General licence to harm (non-site specific) – authorises the licensee to harm protected animals but, in most cases, is not limited to a specific property. These are often granted to animal control businesses and may also authorise the licensee to catch and release possums and/or reptiles from commercial or residential properties.
- Licence to harm flying-foxes – authorises the licensee to harm flying-foxes to protect commercial crops under special circumstances.
Search for licences to harm
The public register provides information about licences to harm administered since 25 August 2017, following commencement of the BC Act. This includes licences that have been granted, renewed, varied, suspended or cancelled since that time. The register is available as an Excel spreadsheet and is updated approximately every 3 months.
When you open the spreadsheet, click on the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet to view information about different types of licences to harm.
The rights conferred by a biodiversity conservation licence are subject to conditions.
Landholder's licences to harm protected animals
The documents below show the conditions for landholder's licences to harm different types of protected animals, including:
- aggressive birds (PDF 141KB)
- cockatoos or parrots (PDF 81KB)
- ducks (PDF 141KB)
- emus (PDF 141KB)
- white ibis nests and eggs (PDF 136KB)
- wombats (PDF 141KB)
General licences to harm protected animals
- General licence to harm (site specific) conditions (PDF 82KB)
- General licence to harm (non-site specific) conditions (PDF 125KB)
Licences to harm kangaroos
Licences to harm flying-foxes
Related public registers
Other public registers that provide information about biodiversity conservation licences granted under the BC Act to regulate interactions between humans and native wildlife include: