Protected animal scientific or educational purposes permits
On non-protected areas, such as public purposes reserves and private land, you will need a permit to take, use, keep or interfere with protected animals for either scientific or educational purposes. Protected plants are not subject to scientific or educational purposes permits, but you may need a permit to clear, harvest or grow protected plants.
A Scientific Purposes Permit or an Educational Purposes Permit can be issued under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
Examples of scientific activities
- A government department conducting research including fauna surveys, for example pre-development, or to research how effective a wildlife crossing is.
- A consultant conducting fauna surveys for an Environmental Impact Study.
- The collection of protected animal parts or products such as scats, feathers, hair, biopsies, blood, and tissue for research purposes.
- Research on a particular threatened species or its habitat.
Examples of educational activities
- The collection of road kill (protected animals) for educational purposes (for example Zoology or Veterinary Science students).
- School field trip – spotlighting animals in a council reserve.
- University field trip where animals are captured and released.
- Keeping native wildlife in a classroom for genuine educational purposes- a written statement is required detailing the educational and environmental messages that will be delivered to students.
How to apply
We can provide direction and advice about your application such as:
- information and support documents you will need to enable your application to be processed
- timeframes you'll need to meet.
Application processing time
Your permit must be granted by the chief executive before you can begin your activity.
- Assessment of your permit application can take up to 40 business days- it will be assessed under the relevant legislation.
- If we need to ask you for more information, a new timeframe can be set as part of that request.
No fees apply to these permit types.
Submit your application
To apply for a permit for scientific research or educational purposes for protected animals, please send us a completed application form.
To apply for a permit to keep native animals in a classroom, please send us a completed application form.
Reporting on your activity
You will also be required to complete the following to report on your permit activity.
Scientific research or educational purposes reports:
- Scientific or educational purposes permit report form (you will need the Wildlife data return information sheet (PDF, 272KB) to complete the report form)
- Return of operations for Scientific purposes permit, Educational purposes permit and/or Permit to take, use, keep or interfere with cultural or natural resources (scientific and educational purposes)