Apply for a wildlife carer's permit

You need a permit to care for sick, orphaned or injured native wildlife. 

A permit to keep protected wildlife (carer), also known as a wildlife carer's permit lets you rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned wildlife to release them back into the wild. 

It does not let you keep wildlife permanently.

When you apply for a wildlife carer's permit, all of the following will be considered:

  • previous experience
  • qualifications
  • membership to a local wildlife care group 
  • if you have an experienced mentor
  • facilities and resources.

Your application may be refused if you do not meet the requirements. 

How to apply

You will need to fill in the application for a permit to keep protected wildlife (carer).

Application for a permit to keep protected wildlife (carer) (211.1 kb).
Application for a permit to keep protected wildlife (carer) (114.2 kb)

Submit your application to the permits section of Parks and Wildlife.

Reporting and releasing animals

The animal's background, progress and health is recorded on the wildlife report / application for release form, which stays with the animal during its rehabilitation through to recovery and release. 

Wildlife report / application for release form (109.8 kb)
Wildlife report / application for release form (100.1 kb)

Wildlife carers keep a report for each animal in their care.

Before you release an animal you must fill in the application for release and submit the form to the Parks and Wildlife permits office.

Renew your permit

Permits need to be renewed every second year. 

More information

Read about caring for wildlife to find out more about looking after specific animals.

For more information contact Wildlife Operations.

Last updated: 25 October 2016