Recreational wildlife licence
In Queensland, a Recreational wildlife licence (RWL) is required if you want to keep certain protected birds, reptiles or amphibians at a residential property.
This licence does not allow you to use the animals for commercial purposes.
Find out about Commercial Wildlife Permits and Regulations.
Examples of wildlife requiring a licence
Examples of wildlife which may be kept privately in Queensland with a licence include:
- golden-shouldered parrot Psephotus chrysopterygius
- northern rosella Platycercus venustus
- little lorikeet Glossopsitta pusilla
- children’s python Liasis childreni
- eastern blue-tongued lizard Tiliqua scincoides.
A full list of wildlife requiring a RWL can be found in Schedule 4 of the Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006 (PDF, 1.12MB).
Examples of wildlife which do not require a licence
Other native birds may be kept privately in Queensland without a licence including:
- king quail Coturnix chinensis
- gouldian finch Erythrura gouldiae
- galah Cacatua roseicapilla
- rainbow lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus haematodus
- peaceful dove Geopelia striata.
How to apply
The requirements for obtaining a RWL will vary depending upon the species you wish to keep.
A RWL can be for:
- Controlled, commercial and recreational animals—these animals are usually fairly easy to keep and you do not need a lot of experience to get a licence.
- Restricted animals (including restricted reptiles)—applicants need to be 18 years old or older. You will need to demonstrate considerable experience in handling and husbandry of wildlife.
- International wildlife—applicants need to be 18 years old. These animals can usually be kept without a lot of experience.
A standard RWL allows you to keep unlimited controlled, commercial and recreational animals as well as up to two restricted birds, reptiles or amphibians. If you wish to keep more restricted animals you will need to apply for a restricted RWL.
Apply for a licence
- Apply for a Recreational wildlife licence online
- Complete the Recreational wildlife licence application form (DOC, 181KB) and send it to us
A fee applies to this licence. View costs for a Recreational wildlife licence.
Application processing time
Your licence must be granted before you can keep wildlife. Assessment of your application can take up to 40 business days.
Once you have your licence
As the holder of a RWL you have a number of responsibilities.
You are required to keep your animal in a way that protects the animal’s welfare and minimises its likelihood of escape. You should adhere to the following codes of practice:
- Code of practice – Aviculture (PDF 105KB)
- Code of practice – Captive reptile and amphibian husbandry (PDF 280KB)
You will need to obtain a movement advice or movement permit when you sell, buy, give away, or otherwise move your wildlife.
The Information sheet—recreational wildlife licence (PDF 133KB) provides more detailed information on:
- moving animals
- selling animals
- changing your details on your licence
- renewing your licence.
Reporting on your activity
You will also be required to keep an up-to-date record on your permit activity by maintaining a wildlife record book (PDF 800KB). You must make the record book available as when requested by an officer from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
The specific requirements for maintaining a record book can be found in the Information sheet—recreational wildlife licence (PDF, 133KB). Alternatively, you can email email@example.com or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
For further information, contact the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68).