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 DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or by emailing email@example.com.
Recent amendments to the Wildlife Regulations 2013
Recent amendments to the Wildlife Regulations 2013 came into effect on 1 July 2014. The majority of the amendments are administrative in nature and will not have a significant impact on licence holders. An explanation of the amendments can be seen in the attached summary.
Licence holders will be advised of the amendments upon renewal of their licence.
Download a copy of the Wildlife Regulations 2013.
Transitional arrangements for private dingo keepers
With the release of the Wildlife Regulations 2013, the following transitional arrangements are in place for all existing holders of a current section 28A authorisation for the private keeping of dingoes.
All existing section 28A authorisations issued under the Wildlife Act 1975 to privately keep dingoes remain valid until they expire on 30 June 2015. All private dingo keepers who hold an authorisation must continue to comply with the conditions of the authorisation. Upon expiry of the authorisation, all private dingo keepers will be transferred over to a Dingo Licence under the regulations. Any people wishing to keep dingoes as pets who don't hold an existing authorisation will be required to obtain a Dingo Licence and comply with the requirements in the regulations.
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.