Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector Strategy: Public consultation

A strategy to support the wildlife rehabilitation sector and introduce an accreditation system for providers is available for review and comment until 19 April 2019.

The volunteer wildlife rehabilitation sector provides specialised care and treatment for injured, sick and orphaned native animals and delivers an important service to the community.

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has been consulting with participants in the sector to better understand the work they do and the challenges they face, and to explore how the services they provide can be more effectively supported into the future.

We have prepared a strategy that:

  1. outlines the actions we will undertake to strategically support the wildlife rehabilitation sector
  2. incorporates actions for the sector already funded through the NSW Koala Strategy and this will be augmented by additional funding provided by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife
  3. outlines a new system of accreditation for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation providers in line with new requirements under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

Strategy for the volunteer wildlife rehabilitation sector

Read the strategy and supporting documents and let us know your views about the review findings, recommendations and proposed accreditation system.

How you can make comment on the strategy

Public exhibition for the strategy and supporting documents is from 1 March 2019 to 19 April 2019.

You are invited to comment on these documents by sending a written submission during this time.

While all submissions count, they are most effective when we understand your ideas and the outcomes you want. Some suggestions to help you write your submission are:

  • Write clearly and be specific about the issues that are of concern to you.
  • Note which part or section of the strategy or supporting documents your comments relate to.
  • Give reasoning in support of your points – this helps avoid misinterpretation and makes it easier for us to consider your ideas.
  • If you agree or support a part or idea in the strategy or supporting documents, please tell us.
  • If you disagree, please tell us specifically what you disagree with and why you disagree.
  • It is very helpful to suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.

Note that multiple submissions received by the same author will be counted as a single submission.

At the close of the public exhibition period, we will consider all submissions and prepare a submissions report. Submissions will be published on the OEH website where the authors have provided their approval for them to be published.

Next steps

After considering all submissions, we will work in partnership with the wildlife rehabilitation sector to co-design a system of accreditation and finalise an initial transition process to accreditation prior to full introduction in late December 2019.

Your privacy

Your submission may include personal information. OEH complies with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 which regulates the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal information. For more information, see our privacy page.

OEH values public input and appreciates that information provided may be private and personal. If you wish your submission or your personal details to be treated as confidential, then you can request this occurs. Please indicate your preference by ticking the relevant box on the submission form below or indicate your preference in your written submission. You should be aware that OEH may be required by law to release copies of submissions to third parties. A request for access to a confidential submission will be determined in accordance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

Please be aware that if you do not make a request for confidentiality, then OEH may make your submission, including any personal details contained in the submission available to the public if requested to do so.

More information

Read more about wildlife rehabilitation.

For further information about the regulation of the wildlife rehabilitation sector please contact the Biodiversity and Wildlife team by email npws.bwt@environment.nsw.gov.au

Have your say

Public exhibition is from 1 March 2019 to 19 April 2019.

You can provide your written submission in any of the following ways:

  • Post your written submission to:
    Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector Strategy
    National Parks and Wildlife Service
    Biodiversity and Wildlife Unit (Level 3)
    PO Box 1967
    Hurstville NSW 1481
  • Email your submission to: npws.bwt@environment.nsw.gov.au
  • Make a submission online by using the online form below.

The information you provide in this form will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected. By submitting, you consent to storage, use, and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy. You can request access and amendment of your personal information.