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Native animal keeper record book

Licence holders must keep records of their native animal pets in an electronic record book or ‘e-book’.

If you hold a Native Animal Keeper Licence you must keep records.

The electronic native animal keeper record book, or e-book, is an easy-to-use web-based record book.

It is a condition of your licence to keep your native animal records up-to-date. This includes records of:

  • native animals you own
  • details of how you acquired and disposed of them
  • breeding events
  • deaths or escapes.

These records help us keep track of the supply chain and ensure that captive-bred animals, and not animals taken from the wild, are being bought and sold.

If you don't have access to a computer you can complete a paper record.

Maintain and lodge your records

Keeping and lodging accurate records is a condition of your licence, even if you have no native animals or there has been no change in the number or type of animals you hold since you last lodged your records.

Your e-book records must be lodged with the Wildlife Team in April each year for the previous 12 months (April to March).

E-book lodgements open on 1 April each year.

Log in to e-book

You can enter records at any time but you cannot lodge records before 1 April. Late lodgements (after 30 April) may result in a penalty.

Simple instructions on how to use e-book are usually at the top of each screen.

Maintain your records regularly to better manage your hobby. Record the native animals you own and transactions involving them throughout the year, not just at the end of the reporting period when lodgements are due.

Records must be lodged with the Wildlife Team in April each year.

This helps the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water understand the extent of native-animal-keeping and monitor licensees’ activities to ensure conservation objectives are met.

Failing to keep accurate records is an offence under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

Electronic native animal keeper record book (e-book)

The e-book is a quick way to manage records of your native animal pet(s) and related transactions.

Use the e-book to maintain and lodge your native animal records and save on postage and handling costs.

When you apply for your Native Animal Keeper Licence, if you provide your email address and agree to use an e-book you will be automatically registered within 30 days of your licence being issued. You will be sent log in details to register and instructions on how to log in to your e-book account.

Once you register, log in to e-book and begin to document your native animal holdings. Start your e-book records from the date you register.

Log in to e-book

If you previously lodged your records using a paper animal record book you won’t see these records when you log in to e-book. They are currently kept in another system.

Once you register for an e-book you will not need to maintain your paper record book.

If you don't have internet access you can use a paper book to keep your records.

Only people with a current Native Animal Keeper Licence can register an online account.

Check your email details

  • Check your email details are the same as those originally provided to the Wildlife Team when you signed up and try again.
  • If you are a new licensee your details may not yet be in the system. A new licence can take 3 weeks to process if you did not apply online. Once your licence has been issued you will be automatically registered within 30 days, as long as you have provided an email address.

You can also contact the Wildlife Team and provide your date of birth, Native Animal Keeper Licence number and confirm your preferred email address. Once verified, you should be able to register an account within two working days.

Forgotten your password?

If you have forgotten your password, go to the login page and click ‘forgot my password’. The system will email you a new password.

If your registration is unsuccessful, the email address you provided may be incorrect.

Email the Wildlife Team with your licence number, name and date of birth to check and update your details.

Using the e-book, you are in control of managing your personal information, contact details and details of the native animals relevant to your licence. Only you and the Wildlife Team can view your personal information, contact details and native animal holdings.

Paper native animal keeper record book

Paper native animal keeper record books are available only to people without computer access. Contact the Wildlife Team to request a paper record book.

View an example of the information collected in a native animal keeper record book:

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