Commercial wildlife licences can be issued to a person or to a corporation, company or business entity. Licences are not transferable. Commercial wildlife licences are available for one or three years.

Any application for a commercial wildlife licence must be supported by a National Police Certificate, issued within the last two years. This can be obtained from Victoria Police.

Applicants must select the type of licence on the application form.

Application forms can also be obtained by calling the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

The minimum age for applicants seeking a commercial wildlife licence is 18 years of age. This is also the minimum age for the nominated responsible person for commercial wildlife licences issued to a body corporate.

If you are seeking to buy or take over an existing wildlife business, a new licence is required prior to taking possession of any wildlife.

Commercial wildlife licences: Natural person

If you are seeking a commercial wildlife licence to be issued to a person, please use the application forms below.

Commercial Wildlife Application – Natural Person (DOCX, 121.9 KB)

Commercial wildlife licences: Body corporate

If you are seeking  a commercial wildlife licence in the name of a body corporate (including corporations, companies or business entities) please use the application forms below.

The body corporate must nominate a natural person who will be responsible for managing the business on the application.  A National Police Certificate must be supplied for the nominated responsible person.

While wildlife licences are not transferrable, if the nominated responsible person leaves the business, a new person can be added to a licence issued to a body corporate without having to apply for a new one.

Commercial Wildlife Application – Body Corporate (DOCX, 97.2 KB)

Licence obligations and record keeping

Submitting an application

Please read the application carefully to ensure that you provide all required information – failure to include all necessary information may result in a delay in processing your application.

An inspection or interview may be required as part of the application process. DELWP will contact you if this is the case.

Applications for Wildlife Demonstrator Licences and Wildlife Displayer Licences must also include the design, specifications and materials to be used in the construction of a pit for displaying or demonstrating dangerous or venomous wildlife during travelling displays or demonstrations, showing  that it is an open topped enclosure designed, constructed and maintained to:

  • Allow the safe display or demonstration of dangerous wildlife from within the enclosure; and
  • Prevent the escape of any dangerous or venomous wildlife from within the enclosure; and
  • Ensure the walls of the enclosure are constructed from solid and sturdy materials with no gaps or holes that may allow a person outside the enclosure to protrude any part of their body through the walls.

Evidence of identity

When applying for a wildlife licence, permit or authorisation, you will be asked to provide proof of identity with your application.

The most you will need to provide for any wildlife application is a legible copy of:

  • one current government-issued document which shows your name and current address

or

  • one government-issued document which shows your name with a supporting document showing your current residential address.

An example of the types of documents you can use are listed in the table below.

Examples of Government-issued documents

Examples of supporting documentation (only required if the government-issued identity document does not include your current residential address)

- Australian driver licence or learners permit
- Australian firearms licence
- Centrelink or social security card
- Veterans’ Affairs card
- Medicare card
- Proof of Age card (issued by a state or territory government)
- Australian birth certificate
- Australian citizenship certificate
- ImmiCard
- Defence Force identity card
- Council rate notice
- Utility bill
- Motor vehicle registration
- Property lease/rental agreement
- Electoral enrolment

It is not necessary to have the copies of your documents certified or witnessed.  Please do not send your original documents.

Once your evidence of identity has been successfully verified, the documents you have provided will be securely destroyed

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. Documents you supply will be used to verify your identity.  This may require DELWP to verify documents with the issuing authority where appropriate.

Referral of difficult or suspicious customer identification may be referred an authorised law enforcement agency.

A licence may not be issued until your identification is verified.

You may access the information you have provided to DELWP by contacting the DELWP Privacy Coordinator on 136 186.

Licence fees

Do not include payment with your application – if your application is successful, you will be invoiced for the appropriate licence fee.

The annual cost for each type of commercial wildlife licence is provided as a guide only, as the licence fee is pro-rata by month.

Type One year licence
Wildlife Controller $284.40
Wildlife Dealer $813.38
Wildlife Demonstrator $530.41
Wildlife Short-Term Demonstrator (3 months) $132.60
Wildlife Displayer $729.49
Wildlife Processor $699.62
Wildlife Farmer $699.62
Wildlife Taxidermist $578.75

Submit your completed forms

Send To:
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Wildlife Licensing 
475 Mickleham Rd
ATTWOOD  VIC 3049

Please allow six to eight weeks for the application process.

You must not acquire any wildlife until you have received and signed your licence.

Licence types

This licence authorises the licence holder to possess, keep, breed, buy, sell and dispose of any living wildlife listed in Schedule 2, Part A of Schedule 3, Part B of Schedule 4 and Schedule 7 of the Wildlife Regulations 2013 and specified in the licence, for the purposes of dealing in wildlife. A Wildlife Dealer Licence also authorises the licence holder to dispose of dead wildlife listed in Schedules 2, Part A of Schedule 3, Part B of Schedule 4 and Schedule 7 and specified in the licence.

A Wildlife Dealer Licence is available for one or three years and has a common expiry date of 30 June of the relevant year.

A Wildlife Demonstrator Licence authorises the licence holder to:

  1. possess and display any taxon of wildlife listed in Schedule 2, 3 or 4 and specified in the licence to the public in travelling displays or demonstrations or other temporary displays or demonstrations at any location within Victoria, for the purpose of promoting an understanding of the ecology and conservation of wildlife;
  2. possess, keep, breed, buy, sell or dispose of wildlife listed in Schedule 2, 3 or 4 and specified in the licence at the premises specified in the licence for the purpose of promoting an understanding of the ecology and conservation of wildlife;
  3. possess, keep, breed, buy, sell or dispose of any taxon of wildlife listed in Schedule 2, 3 or 4 and specified in the licence at the premises specified in the licence, for the purpose of providing the wildlife for use in commercial films;
  4. possess, keep, breed, buy, sell, display or dispose of any taxon of wildlife that is not listed in Schedule 2, 3 or 4 and specified in the licence.

A Wildlife Demonstrator Licence is available for one or three years and has a common expiry date of 30 June of the relevant year.

A Short-Term Wildlife Demonstrator Licence is also available for a period of 3 months. It is subject to the same licence conditions as the one year licence.

A Wildlife Displayer Licence authorises the licence holder to:

  1. possess and display any taxon of wildlife specified in the licence for the purpose of promoting the conservation of or providing education about wildlife—
    1. in permanent and fixed facilities at the premises specified in the licence where—
      1. the enclosure is an integral part of the display; and
      2. the display of wildlife has a clear conservation theme and is designed to present information on the ecological role of the wildlife being displayed; and
    2. at other sites in Victoria not specified in the licence; and
  2. possess, keep, breed, sell, buy or dispose of any taxon of wildlife specified in the licence for the purpose of providing wildlife for use in commercial films; and
  3. possess, keep, breed, sell, buy or dispose of any taxon of wildlife specified in the licence on the premises specified in the licence for the purpose of promoting the conservation of or providing education about wildlife.

A Wildlife Displayer Licence is available for one or three years and has a common expiry date of 30 June of the relevant year.

A Wildlife Controller Licence authorises the licence holder to take any wildlife listed in Schedule 6 and specified in the licence from the wild and to destroy, dispose of or sell the wildlife, in circumstances where the wildlife is damaging property or is a danger to persons.

Of the species listed in Schedule 6 of the Wildlife Regulations 2013, only the following may be controlled under a wildlife controller licence:

  1. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Long-billed Corella (Cacatua tenuirostris) and Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla)
  2. Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)
  3. Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus)
  4. All indigenous reptiles.

A Wildlife Controller Licence is available for one or three years and has a common expiry date of 30 June of the relevant year.

A Wildlife Controller seeking to control Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Long-billed Corellas or Galahs and sell or dispose of them to a Wildlife Dealer must purchase parrot rings from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning using the application form provided.

Parrot Ring Order Form (DOCX, 97.5 KB)

A Wildlife Processor Licence authorises the licence holder to:

  1. possess, keep, buy, sell, dispose of and process dead specimens of those taxa of wildlife listed in Part B of Schedule 5 of the Wildlife Regulations 2013 which have been obtained from a source approved in writing by the Secretary; or
  2. those taxa of wildlife listed in Schedule 7 of the Wildlife Regulations 2013 which have been obtained from the holder of a Wildlife Farmer Licence.

A Wildlife Processor Licence is available for one or three years and has a common expiry date of 30 June of the relevant year.

A Wildlife Farmer Licence authorises the licence holder, for the purpose of farming wildlife to:

  1. possess, keep, breed, buy, sell, display, destroy, process and dispose of any wildlife that is of the taxa listed in Schedule 7 and specified in the licence and that has been bred in captivity or obtained from a sources approved in writing by the Secretary; and
  2. dispose of infertile eggs of any wildlife that is of the taxa listed in Schedule 7 and specified in the licence to any person; and
  3. possess and display any wildlife that is of the taxa listed in Schedule 7 and specified in the licence at sites other than the premises specified in the licence.

A Wildlife Farmer Licence is available for one or three years and has a common expiry date of 30 June of the relevant year.

A Wildlife Taxidermist Licence authorises the Licence Holder to possess, keep, buy, sell, process and dispose of wildlife listed in Schedules 2, 3, 4 and 7 of the Wildlife Regulations 2013 for the purpose of preserving, preparing and mounting, and restoring, parts or complete specimens of dead wildlife, or for purpose of providing specimens of dead wildlife for use in commercial films.

A Wildlife Taxidermist Licence is available for one or three years and has a common expiry date of 30 June of the relevant year.

Further information

Further information on the different types of commercial wildlife licences and their associated obligations and conditions can be found in the Guide to Keeping Wildlife in Victoria for Commercial Purposes, which is attached to the application form.

Visit Wildlife Regulations 2013 for the current wildlife regulations in Victoria.