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.
Further information on the different types of private wildlife licences and their associated obligations and conditions can be found in the Guide to Keeping Wildlife in Victoria for Private Purposes and in the Guide to Keeping Dingoes in Victoria for Private Purposes, which are attached to these application forms.
The Wildlife Regulations 2013 are available on the Australasian Legal Information Institute website.
Some wildlife can be kept without the need for a licence.
Submitting an application
Applications must include payment and be witnessed by an approved person once you have provided proof of your identity.
The following people are authorised to witness your application for a wildlife licence:
- Bail Justice or Sheriff
- Justice of the Peace
- Veterinary Surgeon
- Barrister or Solicitor
- Member of the Police
- Bank Manager
- Chartered Accountant
- Clerk of Courts or Petty Sessions
- Medical Practitioner
- Minister of Religion authorised to celebrate marriages
- Teacher with over 5 years of experience
- Public Servant with over 5 years of experience
- Town Clerk or Shire Secretary
- Judge or Stipendiary Magistrate
- Councillor of Municipality
Please include payment with your application.
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.
For a more accurate estimate, please refer to the application form.
|Type||Full fee (one year)||Concession (one year)|
|Wildlife Basic Licence||$93.30||$46.60|
|Wildlife Advanced Licence||$172.80||$86.40|
|Wildlife Specimen Licence*||$13.90||$6.40|
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.
Details about eligible concession cards are available from the Department of Human Services.
Submit your forms
Send your completed forms with payment to:
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
475-485 Mickleham Rd
Attwood VIC 3049
Allow at least three weeks for an application to be processed.
You must not buy or possess any wildlife until you have received your licence.
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 2016.
Under the Wildlife Regulations 2013, any person keeping dingoes privately now requires a Dingo Licence. Any person or business demonstrating or displaying dingoes requires a commercial wildlife licence.
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.
If you currently hold a permit to keep a dingo under Section 28A of the Wildlife Act 1975, your permit will remain valid until the specified expiry date of 30 June 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.
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.