Possum Management Policy

This policy specifies how NPWS manages possums that damage residential or commercial property and provides standard procedures for considering a licence application to catch and release a possum.

Date
1 September 2011
Publisher
Office of Environment and Heritage
Type
Publication, Policy
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 978-1-74293-363-4
  • ID OEH20110793
  • File PDF 0.1MB
  • Pages 11
  • Name possum-management-policy-110793.pdf

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) often receives requests from the community to manage possums that are negatively impacting on buildings and other property or perceived to be causing a nuisance.

The types of interactions reported include possums accessing and damaging roof cavities and chimneys, soiling living and work areas, damaging gardens or making excessive noise.

All possums are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) and it is illegal to kill or catch and release them without a licence.

The species most often encountered, particularly in urban environments is the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula). However, staff also receive enquiries about the common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and bobuck (T. caninus).