All wildlife is protected in Victoria
We ensure that everyone in Victoria complies with environmental laws. To protect wildlife, we issue licences and permits under legislation.
Once a licence and permit has been issued, we ensure holders adhere to their conditions.
Without the appropriate licence, permit or authorisation some activities may be an offence.
People will be held to account if they don’t have the appropriate licences or permits.
Apply for a licence or permit.
Keeping and trading wildlife
Keeping and trading wildlife, private wildlife licence, commercial wildlife licence.
Wildlife shelters and foster carers
Wildlife rehabilitation volunteers, authorised as Wildlife Shelter Operators or Foster Carers by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, assist wildlife found in pain or distress.
Wildlife management and control authorisations
How to manage problem wildlife and apply for an Authority to Control Wildlife.
Marine mammal tour permits
Companies or individuals running tours to see whales, dolphins or seals in Victoria may need a permit.
Wildlife in commercial films
Written permission is needed to use wildlife (whether whole or part, living or dead) in commercial films.
Reviewed 11 May 2021