Wildlife offences

All wildlife in the Northern Territory (NT) is protected.

If you don't follow the rules about wildlife in the NT, you could be charged with a criminal offence and have to pay a penalty.

A conservation officer or police officer can take any vehicle, vessel, aircraft, gun, ammunition or equipment associated with any wildlife related offence.

Penalty units

A penalty unit is worth a certain amount of money. The dollar value of penalty units changes each year.

For the the current value of penalty units, go to the Department of Attorney General and Justice website.

This table shows the penalties for wildlife offences in the NT.

Wildlife offence

Penalty

Non-compliance with permit

50 penalty units or imprisonment for six months

Interfering with a crocodile trap

50 penalty units or imprisonment for six months

Take or interfere with protected wildlife

500 penalty units or imprisonment for five years

Take or interfere with threatened wildlife

1,000 penalty units or imprisonment for ten years

Import, release or export protected wildlife

500 penalty units or imprisonment for five years

Take or interfere with unprotected wildlife for commercial purposes, such as firewood or didgeridoos

500 penalty units or imprisonment for five years

Release a feral animal

100 penalty units or imprisonment for twelve months

Import, have, release or export a prohibited entrant

100 penalty units or imprisonment for twelve months


Last updated: 23 September 2022

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