Use the following form to apply for a Wildlife Basic Licence, a Wildlife Advanced Licence, or a Wildlife Specimen Licence:
Use the following form to apply for a Dingo Licence:
Application forms can also be obtained by calling the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Some wildlife can be kept without the need for a licence.
Applying for a wildlife licence
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.
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
- one government-issued document which shows your name with a supporting document showing your current residential address.
Children under under 18 years of age seeking a wildlife basic, advanced or specimen licence must supply a copy of :
- a birth certificate
- documentation of their evidence of identity for the parent or guardian who has signed the application form.
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
- 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.
Do not include payment with your application - if your application is successful, a payment notice will be sent to you with appropriate fee.
The annual cost for each type of private wildlife licence in the following table is provided as a guide only, as the licence fee is pro-rata by month. Discounts apply for licences issued for three years.
|Type||Full fee (one year)||Concession (one year)|
|Wildlife Basic Licence||$99.23||$49.61|
|Wildlife Advanced Licence||$183.64||$91.82|
|Wildlife Specimen Licence*||$14.81||$7.40|
Anyone holding a current Commonwealth Health Card is eligible for a concession on the cost of a private wildlife licence in accordance with the provisions of the State Concessions Act 2004.
A student card does not meet concession eligibility requirements.
Details about eligible concession cards are available from the Department of Human Services.
Submitting your application
Completed applications can be sent via:
475 Mickleham Rd
Attwood VIC 3049
Please note - at this time a new wildlife licences will only be sent via the post as the licence needs to be accompanied by the Record Book.
Please allow at least 2 weeks (after submitting an electronic payment) to receive your licence and Record Book.
Allow an additional 2 to 4 weeks if you are submitting your application via the post and/or paying with a cheque or money order. Processing times are indicative only.
You must not buy or possess any wildlife until you have received your licence and Record Book.
Wildlife licence types
This type of licence authorises the holder to possess, keep, breed, buy, sell and dispose of wildlife listed in schedules 2 and 7 of the Wildlife Regulations 2013 for non-commercial purposes.
The minimum age for applicants is 10 years of age. Applicants under 18 years of age will need the signed consent of their parent or legal guardian.
Wildlife Basic Licences are available for one or three years and have a common expiry date of 30 September of the relevant year.
This type of licence authorises the holder to possess, keep, breed, buy, sell and dispose of wildlife listed in schedules 2, 3 and 7 of the Wildlife Regulations 2013.
The minimum age for applicants is 10 years of age. Applicants under 18 years of age will need the signed consent of their parent or legal guardian. Applicants under the age of 18 wishing to keep venomous snakes must provide documentary evidence of competency in the handling of venomous snakes with their application.
Wildlife Advanced Licences are available for one or three years and have a common expiry date of 30 September of the relevant year.
This type of licence authorises the holder to possess, keep, buy, sell and dispose of prepared or mounted specimens of dead wildlife.
A Wildlife Specimen Licence is available on a monthly pro-rata basis for up to three years. The next common expiry date is 30 September 2019.
A Dingo Licence authorises the holder to:
- possess, keep, breed, buy, sell and dispose of dingoes for private purposes, and
- possess any dingo at other sites for the non-commercial purposes of exercising, obedience training, education, or display at shows conducted by a canine association.
A Dingo Licence only applies to the keeping of pure dingoes. The keeping of hybrid animals does not require a wildlife licence but are required to be registered and managed as dogs under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and local laws.
Please note that dingo enclosures must be constructed prior to an application for the Dingo Licence. Applicants for a dingo licence must be 18 years of age or older.
A Dingo Licence is available for one or three years and has a common expiry date of 30 June of the relevant year.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) on keeping dingoes
Standards for keeping dingoes
A wildlife licence is not required to keep wildlife listed in the following document for private purposes, provided the animals have been acquired lawfully and have not been taken from the wild.
A licence is not required to possess processed wildlife products (such as leather goods) derived from the following wildlife:
- Freshwater or Saltwater crocodile
- Common Brushtail possum
- Eastern or Western Grey kangaroo
- Whiptail, Euro or Red-necked wallaby
- Red kangaroo
- Tasmanian pademelon.
This exemption does not apply to preserved or mounted wildlife specimens prepared by a taxidermist.
Page last updated: 09/10/20