Yes. You need to be licensed to rehabilitate wildlife under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. You may be licensed as an individual or be a current member of a licensed wildlife rehabilitation organisation.
Alternatively, you have a job which lawfully entitles you to intervene in animal welfare issues (e.g. with the council, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, including National Parks and Wildlife Service, RSPCA or you are a registered veterinarian).
The licence or role must specifically endorse the person or group as being able to care for flying-foxes.
If you are not sure about your coverage under a current licence, contact your local wildlife rehabilitation organisation or, for individual licences, the Wildlife Team at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
A licence requirement is that you must be immunised against Australian bat lyssavirus and you will need to source and wear suitable protective equipment and clothing. It is also recommended that you undertake training in handling flying-foxes.
Standards and guidelines
The Code of practice for injured, sick and orphaned protected fauna (PDF 86KB) is designed for those involved in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native fauna and outlines how they can protect the welfare of the animals in their care. The Code contains both standards and guidelines for the care of native animals that are incapable of fending for themselves in their natural habitat.
Compliance with the standards is a condition of all wildlife rehabilitation licences.
If organisations intend to take action in heat stress events, the Department encourages planning to ensure that the organisation has the resources necessary to meet the standards.
The Department has also produced a series of species-specific codes related to the general code of practice, including a Code of practice for injured sick and orphaned flying-foxes (PDF 86KB). This Code provides details on standards for rescue, transport, euthanasia, care procedures, husbandry, housing and release.
Read more about licensed wildlife rehabilitation organisations.