Code of Practice

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  1. General information
    1. All native birds, mammals (except the dingo outside protected areas), reptiles and amphibians and, some native fish and invertebrates in Queensland are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
    2. EHP is the agency responsible for the assessment and licensing of individuals and organisations for the purposes of wildlife rehabilitation. Licensed individuals or entities are referred to herein as ‘permit holders’.
    3. DAFF is the agency responsible for administering the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.
    4. QWRC is the peak representative body for the wildlife rehabilitation community in Queensland. The council’s focus is to ensure excellent welfare for native animals during and after rehabilitation to achieve, complement and advance conservation benefits and outcomes.
    5. This code applies to all individuals, organisations and members of organisations operating under a rehabilitation permit.
    6. A person who rescues a protected animal, but is not a licensed rehabilitator, must surrender it to a licensed rehabilitator or conservation officer within 72 hours of taking the animal into care as stated in section 59 (4) of the Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006.
    7. A person or organisation engaging in wildlife rehabilitation must be licensed. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to ensure compliance with the provisions of this code.
      1. EHP is responsible for administration of this code.
      2. this code does not exempt a person or other entity from compliance with any Act, regulation or other statutory instrument.
      3. this code is current at the time of publication and may be subject to periodic review.
      4. a wildlife rehabilitator may only rehabilitate an animal of a species for which they hold a relevant permit. If the rehabilitator is a member of a rehabilitation organisation, they will require the approval of the organisation to rehabilitate that particular species.
      5. EHP may approve the development and distribution of species-specific standards for native wildlife rehabilitation. Meeting any such standards that may be in place is a requirement in order to comply with the code.
      6. to ensure compliance with local government laws, rehabilitators may also require local government approval to conduct the activity at the specified location.
    8. This code (sections 1–18) will have immediate effect from the date of gazettal. Appendix A (Minimum enclosure size) will have immediate effect from the date of gazettal of the code for any new enclosures being built or purchased. Existing enclosure facilities must be upgraded to meet the minimum enclosure size requirements within 24 months of the gazettal date of the code.

      Note: All persons intending to become licensed, or become a member of an organisation that is licensed, to care for sick, injured or orphaned protected animals should become familiar with the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

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