Licences to control or harm native animals

Office of Environment and Heritage may grant licences to control or harm native animals impacting on communities or property.

All native birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals (except the dingo) are protected in NSW by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act).

Although most native wildlife is protected throughout the state, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) can license people to control or harm protected species.

Some native birds are not protected in certain parts of the state to prevent damage or harm to crops and livestock.

Licences to harm protected native animals

Most people in the community encounter native animals in their daily lives. The majority of these interactions are positive and provide many opportunities for enjoyment and appreciation of our natural heritage. Inevitably though, some interactions between people and native animals, such as:

These encounters are not harmonious and may lead to serious conflict, which can pose a legitimate threat to life or property or cause economic hardship. More information on:

Licence to harm a threatened species, population or ecological community

This licence applies to an action that is likely to harm a threatened species or ecological community or damage their habitat, and the action does not require some other form of consent or approval.

Managing interactions with animals that may impact on the community

OEH has an overarching policy on managing interactions with animals that may impact on the community. The policy establishes the principles for managing human and animal interactions and refers to additional detailed information for key animal species that are frequently the subject of these enquires.

Non-destructive methods

Where possible, OEH seeks to resolve negative interactions using non-destructive methods. However, in some instances, a licence to harm individual animals may be required to mitigate the problem.

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Page last updated: 24 August 2018