People who possess native fauna for the purpose of rehabilitation for more than 72 hours now require a Fauna Possessing (other purposes) Licence from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).
This change came into effect on 1 January 2019 when the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2018 replaced the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and the Sandalwood Act 1929 and their associated regulations.
New licences will cost $250 following a transition period but any current Wildlife Conservation Act or Regulations licences continue to be valid until they expire.
The organisation Fostering and Assistance for Wildlife Needing Aid (FAWNA) welcomes this change and believes licencing will:
- Lead to better outcomes for injured and orphaned wildlife,
- Ensure DBCA standards are maintained,
- Provide training to carers, and
- Provide adequate equipment for carers through organisations such as FAWNA.
For further information about licencing, visit https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/plants-and-animals/licences-and-authorities. For further information about becoming a wildlife rehabilitator, contact FAWNA via email@example.com.
If you find a sick, injured or abandoned animal and you require advice you should contact the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.Tags: Native animals Threatened species Wildlife rehabilitator