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Wildlife in schools

Schools can obtain permits to keep some wildlife species for non-invasive classroom observation. Animal welfare codes of practice must be followed.

Animal welfare

Schools must obtain a permit for these activities and also comply with all requirements of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards Code of Practice.

School authorisation permits

Government and Catholic schools can download a general authorisation permit for some species. The permit must be signed by the principal of that school.

Government schools 
State Education Authorisation 2023
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Catholic schools 
Catholic Education Authorisation
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Independent schools To apply for permission to conduct this activity at an independent school, please contact the DEECA Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or by email