Keeping and trading wildlife
In Victoria, we are lucky to be able to keep and trade a diverse range of wildlife. However, there are certain responsibilities that come with this privilege. The protection of wildlife in the wild and compliance with the wildlife laws in Victoria are two such responsibilities.
The two types of licences required to keep or sell wildlife in Victoria are:
Under these two types of licences, there are various categories specific to the taxa of wildlife which may be kept and authorised activities.
Authorisation is also needed to conduct research on wildlife and to move captive wildlife into and out of Victoria. Further information is available at:
If you have any questions about import and export permits or permits to take and release wildlife, please contact the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laws in other States
Different laws apply in each state or territory and care should be taken to check with the appropriate interstate wildlife authorities before moving wildlife between states. Your local council may also have local laws about keeping wildlife.