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Wildlife research permits

You need to apply for a permit if wildlife will be disturbed, captured, marked, translocated, kept or destroyed for research and/or education purposes.

Permits may be required under the following acts:

  • Wildlife Act 1975
  • Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
  • National Parks Act 1975 

Research Permits under the Wildlife Act

Any activities where wildlife will be disturbed, captured, marked, translocated, kept or destroyed for research and/or education purposes, requires a Research Permit under the Wildlife Act.

Download and complete your permit:

Animal welfare and animal ethics approvals

Researchers must comply with all requirements of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards Code of Practice.

Some research proposals that involve wildlife may also require Animal Ethics Committee approval to ensure consistency with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and any other relevant legislation. For more information on animal ethics approvals, visit Agriculture Victoria.

Permits for protected fish under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act

Permits are required for activities that impact protected fish under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.

Download and complete the permit:

Note: In addition to the permit under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 approval may also be required under the Fisheries Act 1995. For more information visit Victorian Fisheries Authority

For more information visit the DELWP website.

Permits for protected flora under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act

Permits are required for activities that impact protected and threatened flora listed under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. We issue permits for the disturbance and taking of flora for research, education, nursery propagation and revegetation purposes. 

Contact your local DELWP regional office if you need to:

  • remove native flora on public land for construction purposes
  • remove grasstrees, tree-ferns and sphagnum moss from private property

For more information visit the DELWP website.

Research authorisations under the National Parks Act

Permits are required to conduct scientific research in areas managed under the National Parks Act 1975. This may be in addition to any permits required under the Wildlife Act or the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act.  For further information visit Parks Victoria's Park Connect

Reviewed 26 April 2021

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