Native animals that need a permit

All native wildlife in the Northern Territory (NT) is protected. A permit is needed to keep these animals in the NT.

Some animals that are not native to the NT are prohibited and a permit is needed to keep these animals in the NT.

The following native animals are exempt and don't need a permit to be kept in the NT. 

The wildlife listed here must have been obtained legally. 

You still need a permit to take wildlife from the wild or to import or export wildlife from or into the NT.

Exempt birds

The birds in this table don't need a permit to be kept in the NT.

Common nameScientific name
King quailCoturnix chinensis
Bourke’s parrotNeopsephotus bourkii
brown quailCoturnix ypsilophora
budgerigarMelopsittacus undulatas
peaceful doveGeopelia striata
northern rosellaPlatycercus venustus
diamond doveGeopelia cuneata
zebra finchTaeniopygia guttata
bar-shouldered doveGeopelia humeralis
galahCacatua rosicapilla
double-barred finchTaeniopygia bichenovii
long-tailed finchPoephila acuticauda
red-collared lorikeetTrichoglossus haematodus rubritorquis
crested pigeonOcyphaps lophotes
little corellaCacatua sanguinea
cockatielNymphicus hollandicus
sulphur-crested cockatooCacatua galerita
chestnut-breasted mannikinLonchura castaneothorax

Exempt mammals

You don't need a permit to keep a spinifex hopping mouse (Notomys alexis) in the NT.

Exempt reptiles

The reptiles in this table don't need a permit to be kept in the NT.

Common nameScientific name
centralian blue-tongued lizardTiliqua multifasciata
central netted dragon Ctenophorus nuchalis
central bearded dragonPogona vitticeps
children's pythonAntaresia childreni
northern long-necked turtleChelodina rugosa
common blue-tongued lizardTiliqua scincoides

Exempt amphibians

Common frogs of the NT may be kept as pets. If you want to trade in frogs you will need a permit.

Other wildlife permits and rules

You need a permit to take or interfere with wildlife for scientific research.

You need a permit to hunt feral pigs or waterfowl.

If you want to take hunting dogs into a reserve, you must have a licensed firearm or weapon with you.

Last updated: 18 August 2017