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Nature Conservation Animals and Plants Regulations

New animal licence options

The distinction between commercial purposes and recreational purposes has been removed and licences will be based on the number of animals you have and your intention to keep, breed or trade them.

From 22 August 2020 there will be three licence options:

Licence type

Standard licence

Specialised licence

Advanced licence

Cost for five (5) years

$59.20

$316.90

$682.90

Licence valid for

5 years

5 years

5 years

Animal class allowances

Up to 10 individual Class 1 animals

No Class 2 animals permitted

Up to 50 Class 1 and 2 amphibians, birds, and reptiles at any given time.

Unlimited protected scorpions and spiders

Unlimited Class 1 and 2 animals

Exception: maximum of 50 permitted dangerous snakes

Breeding

No breeding permitted

Breeding permitted within animal limit

Breeding permitted

Trading

Restricted within six (6) months of acquisition

Restricted within six (6) months of acquisition

No restrictions

Online record keeping and movement advice

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dangerous snakes

Not permitted

New dangerous snake conditions apply

New dangerous snake conditions apply

Overview of new licence allowances

Standard licence:

  • Cost for five (5) years is $59.20
  • Up to 10 Class 1 animals
  • Class 2 animals not permitted
  • Breeding is not permitted
  • Trading is restricted within six (6) months of acquisition
  • Online record keeping (replaces hardcopy movement advice)
  • Dangerous snakes not permitted

Specialised licence:

  • Cost for five (5) years is $316.90
  • Up to 50 Class 1 and 2 amphibians, birds, and reptiles permitted at any given time and unlimited protected scorpions and spiders
  • Breeding permitted within animal limit
  • Trading restricted within six (6) months of acquisition
  • Online record keeping (replaces hardcopy movement advice)
  • New dangerous snake conditions apply

Advanced licence:

  • Cost for five (5) years is $682.90
  • Unlimited Class 1 animals
  • Unlimited Class 2 animals with an exception of maximum of 50 permitted dangerous snakes
  • Breeding permitted
  • No restrictions on trading
  • Online record keeping (replaces hardcopy movement advice)
  • New dangerous snake conditions apply

Changes to animal licence conditions for swap/trade meets

If a Specialised or Advanced licence holder:

  • is a member of a recreational bird or herpetological society, and
  • the animal is a bird, reptile or amphibian that is not a dangerous animal

The animal can be kept or used by the society at any of their premises for a continuous period of no longer than two (2) days.

There is no longer a requirement for a temporary licence in these situations however new reporting requirements will need to be met.

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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