Licensing of plants and animals

Licensing and compliance

Under Chapter 6 of the Nature Conservation Act 2014 (the Act) it is an offence to conduct activities in relation to native species (flora and fauna). However, some activities may be carried out under a licence issued by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna. It is the responsibility of the applicant to apply for licences for proposed activities that may be an offence under the Act.

The Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) administers the Act to protect, conserve and enhance the biodiversity of the ACT. Conservation Officers appointed under the Act conduct compliance activities including public education, inspections, audits and investigations to promote and support compliance. PCS has implemented a modern risk-based regulation model and undertakes proportionate and graduated response to non-compliance.

What animals can be kept in the ACT?

Apply for licences to keep, import, export or sell non-exempt animals for hobby purposes.

Take animals or plants for commercial purposes

Apply for licences to collect plants including seed, take and release possums or venomous snakes for commercial purposes.

Take plants, soil and stone for scientific purposes

Apply for licences to take, release, keep, kill, import or export for scientific purposes.

Take and release animals for scientific purposes

Apply for licences to take, release, keep, import or export for scientific purposes.

Import or take fish for scientific purposes 

Apply for licences to import or export live fish or to take live fish for scientific or teaching purposes.

Photo credit: Mark Jekabsons, Conservation Research

Pet shops selling non-exempt animals and importing

Apply for licences to keep, import, export, sell non exempt animals and import and export live fish.

Damage land in Reserves, trees, nests and vehicles

Apply for licences to damage land in a Nature Reserve, damage or remove a native tree from unleased land outside a built up urban area, interfere with nests and use a vehicle in a Nature Reserve.

Photo credit: Mark Jekabsons, Conservation Research

Compliance

Protecting, conserving and enhancing the biodiversity of the ACT.

Quarantine

Restrictions on what you can take as you cross state and quarantine borders within Australia.