Code of Practice

Restrictions on caring for specialist protected animals | back

  1. Restrictions on caring for specialist protected animals
    1. The species listed below may have requirements outside the normal capacity of most rehabilitators. Additional requirements are placed upon rehabilitators who intend to keep these species to improve the likelihood of their successful rehabilitation and return to the wild.
    2. Permits may only be granted to persons assessed as having the appropriate skills and facilities to house and care for the following wildlife:
      1. Cassowary:
        contact EHP.
      2. Echidna:
        contact EHP or a person who holds a permit that specifically provides for the rehabilitation of this species.
      3. Emu:
        contact EHP. This species may only be rehabilitated on rural-residential and rural land.
      4. Koala:
        contact EHP or a person who holds a permit that specifically provides for the rehabilitation of this species.
      5. Raptors:
        contact EHP or a person who holds a permit that specifically provides for the rehabilitation of the relevant species. Only carers who are affiliated with a Raptor Association or those with a proven record and suitable facilities in raptor rehabilitation may keep raptors.
      6. Reptiles:
        contact EHP or a person who holds a permit that specifically provides for the rehabilitation of the relevant species.
      7. Marine turtles:
        contact EHP.
      8. Platypus:
        contact EHP.
      9. Flying-foxes and insectivorous bats:
        all persons caring for flying-foxes and insectivorous bats must be vaccinated against Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABL) and must regularly consult their General Practitioner or Public Health Unit to maintain up-to-date vaccinations.

        Note: In certain, prescribed circumstances, the use of lethal measures (shooting) is permitted for controlling flying-foxes damaging crops, in accordance with the ‘Code of Practice – Ecologically sustainable lethal take of flying-foxes for crop protection’. Where this occurs, live, orphaned young may be given to a wildlife rehabilitator for the purpose of rehabilitation or humanely euthanased.
      10. Seabirds:
        contact EHP or a person who holds a permit that specifically provides for the rehabilitation of the relevant species.

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