Volunteers provide a critical frontline role in the treatment and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned native animals, providing specialised care and treatment and delivering an important service to the community. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has now finalised a 3-year strategy to help support volunteers and improve wildlife rehabilitation in New South Wales. The strategy will be implemented by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in partnership with the sector, the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife 'Wildlife Heroes program' and supported by the Environmental Trust.
The strategy outlines the actions we will undertake to support the wildlife rehabilitation sector over the next 3 years. It incorporates actions for sector already funded through the NSW Koala Strategy, to be augmented by additional funding provided by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife. It also introduces a new system of accreditation for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation providers in line with new requirements under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.
Read the strategy and supporting documents:
- Strategy document
- Support document – Accreditation of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation services
- Support document – Review of the NSW Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector
- Support document – Wildlife rehabilitator compliance audit
- Support document – Submissions report