You'll need a licence under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 before you undertake an activity for scientific, educational or conservation purposes that is likely to result in one or more of the following:
- harm to any protected animal, or to an animal that is a threatened species or is part of a threatened ecological community
- harm to any protected native plant, or any plant that is a threatened species or is part of a threatened ecological community
- damage to an area of outstanding biodiversity value
- damage to a habitat of a threatened species or ecological community.
You'll also need a licence if you plan to:
- collect voucher specimens for identification purposes
- pick cuttings or whole plants, or
- collect seed.
What you need
- your qualifications
- your concession card details (if applicable)
- details of your organisation, employer or university (for projects by academic staff and students) including ABN and/or ACN
- the personal details and contact information for collaborators or staff who will work independently under the licence as associates
- a list of referees who can verify details in the application
- the specific locations you want to conduct your research including anywhere across National Parks and Wildlife Service managed lands or other areas
- details of the species, populations or communities that may be affected by your activities and the likely impacts of the project
- your payment.
To make sure you have all the information and documents you need to complete your application, visit Department of Planning and Environment.
How to apply
- Gather the required information.
- Select the 'Apply online' button.
- Log in or create an account.
- Follow the prompts to apply for a scientific licence.
There is a fee for the initial licence and any subsequent renewal(s) of that licence.
You can pay online by credit or debit card (Mastercard or Visa).