Code of Practice

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  1. Wildlife rehabilitation organisations
    1. Objective
      1. To identify the roles and responsibilities of wildlife rehabilitation organisations when operating under a group rehabilitation permit.
    2. Standards
      1. An organisation conducting wildlife rescue and rehabilitation activities in Queensland must be a legal entity (incorporated association or Australian company) and hold a valid rehabilitation permit issued under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 by EHP.
      2. A licensed wildlife rehabilitation organisation must ensure that:
        1. all members engaged in wildlife rehabilitation activities comply with this code
        2. the organisation and its members comply with the conditions of their rehabilitation permit
        3. the organisation provides a current copy of the rehabilitation permit to members stating the period of membership and what species the member is endorsed to care for, together with the total number of animals that the member is entitled to hold, under the group rehabilitation permit
        4. the organisation provides new and inexperienced members with appropriate and ongoing training and mentoring for species that the individual rehabilitator wishes to care for
        5. membership lists are updated and forwarded annually within 20 business days at the close of each financial year to Permit and Licence Management, EHP, palm@ehp.qld.gov.au or GPO Box 2454, Brisbane QLD 4001
        6. a process is established for handling alleged breaches of this code, or non-compliance with other relevant rules of the organisation
        7. a procedure is established for responding to complaints against members either from external or internal parties (all new members must be given copies of this procedure)
        8. all members are given timely, clear and detailed directions by the organisation concerning the activities that the member may carry out under the rehabilitation permit.
      3. The organisation must advise EHP in writing within 20 business days of any person who is no longer a member and that they are no longer permitted to operate under the permit.
      4. If the organisation becomes aware that a member operating under the permit does not comply with this code, the organisation must:
        1. identify the actions or steps needed to be taken by the member to comply with this code and time frames associated, and
        2. take responsibility for the individuals’ actions under the group permit, and either
        3. limit the authority of the member to operate under the permit, or
        4. instruct the person in writing that they are no longer permitted to operate under the permit.
    3. Guidelines
      1. Organisations should inform prospective new members of relevant matters such as the financial costs and time commitment required by the individual.
      2. All wildlife rehabilitators operating under a group wildlife permit should conduct themselves according to that group’s membership requirements to the extent the law permits.
      3. Wildlife rehabilitation organisations should endeavour to familiarise themselves with recently updated information about diseases in wildlife. This can be done by contacting the Australian Wildlife Health Network, the Wildlife Disease Association or Biosecurity Queensland.

        Note: Wildlife rehabilitation organisations are permitted to undertake fundraising activities to support member training and assist with the acquisition of resources such as husbandry items, veterinary support and food.

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