Nature Conservation Animals and Plants Regulations

The Nature Conservation Act 1992 and subordinate regulations are Queensland laws that safeguard our diverse range of protected animals and plants. New regulations will come into effect from 22 August 2020:

The Animals Regulation

The Animals Regulation implements a new licensing framework for commercial and recreational keeping of protected animals. Consultation on the framework occurred through the 2018 Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF, 2.1 MB) . The Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF, 5.2 MB) details the consultation outcomes.

The framework will simplify the current recreational and commercial animal licensing system to improve business practices, conservation and biosecurity outcomes, and reduce the risks of illegal trade of native animals.

The Animals Regulation repeals the:

  • Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006 (due to expire on 1 September 2020)
  • Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 2006 (due to expire on 1 September 2020)
  • Nature Conservation (Administration) Regulation 2017 (the Administration Regulation)

The provisions from these three repealed regulations relevant to animals have been moved into the Animals Regulation.

The Plants Regulation and consequential changes to the Protected Areas Management Regulation

The three repealed regulations also contained provisions that applied to the conservation and management of protected plants and administrative requirements for protected area management. The new Plants Regulation transfers all existing plant provisions into a single stand-alone regulation.

The Nature Conservation (Protected Areas Management) and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation 2020 (the Protected Areas Management Amendment Regulation) transfers existing protected area administrative provisions into the existing Nature Conservation (Protected Areas Management) Regulation 2017.

No major changes have been made to either the protected plants or protected areas management frameworks. Existing authorities remain valid and operators are not required to take any action.

The Department of Environment and Science (department) is preparing implementation materials, application system upgrades and information packages for commencement on 22 August 2020.

For more information please email the Conservation Policy Unit via

Nature Conservation Animals and Plants Regulations

In this guide:

  1. New animal licensing framework
  2. New animal licence options
  3. Updates to species lists
  4. New online reporting requirements
  5. Animal breeding restrictions
  6. Changes to taking native animals from the wild
  7. New approach for keeping dangerous snakes
  8. General animal authorisations for individuals, businesses and entities
  9. Common assessment method changes
  10. Changes to other animal licences and permits

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