We are applying a risk-based approach to regulating activities under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 to reduce administrative burdens and modernise and streamline regulation. Certain previously licensed activities will no longer require a biodiversity conservation licence and instead can be carried out in line with an enforceable code of practice.
The draft code of practice sets out compliance requirements for possessing and dealing in protected animal specimens, such as taxidermy carcasses, animal materials, animal parts and skeletal materials. The code will not apply to certain activities and specimens. This includes but is not limited to:
- individuals carrying out the process of taxidermy
- threatened species specimens, birds of prey specimens
- unpreserved specimens (blood, tissue and organs) and importing and exporting protected preserved specimens to and from New South Wales – these activities may still require a biodiversity conservation licence.
Submissions on the draft code closed 19 February 2023.