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If you want to apply for a licence to catch and release reptiles, you'll need to be able to satisfy the Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) that you're suitably qualified.

A licence allows handlers to legally catch and release reptiles (usually snakes) from commercial and residential homes and backyards.

For more information on catching and releasing reptiles, please visit OEH.

Catch and release reptiles – OEH
  • your personal details
  • details of any licences you've previously held under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 or the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974
  • details of your experience including relevant certificates
  • reason why you should be provided with a licence
  • description of the area in which you'd provide your services
  • documentation to attest you've completed a reptile handling course, and that you've had at least 2 years experience in the care and/or handling of dangerous venomous snakes
  • current first aid certificate
  • public liability insurance
  • 2 written references from people who can attest you have the ability, knowledge and experience to handle reptiles, including venomous species
  • the PDF form – 'Licence to catch and release reptiles'.
Catch and release reptiles – OEH
  1. Download and complete the Licence to catch and release reptiles – PDF.
  2. Gather your supporting documentation.
  3. Post or email your application to the details on the form.
Catch and release reptiles – OEH
  • Anyone aged 18 or over, who can satisfy the OEH that they're suitably qualified to handle reptiles, including dangerous venomous snakes.
Catch and release reptiles – OEH
  • If you have an authority under a licensed wildlife rehabilitation group, you may already be covered by the group's insurance.
Catch and release reptiles – OEH

Payment methods

For online transactions:

  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay, Diners Club or American Express).

For phone transactions:

  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express).

For transactions in person at a service centre:

  • cash (in Australian currency)
  • cheque (personal, bank or agency drawn)
  • money order
  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express* or EFTPOS), or
  • Android Pay app.

Please note that you may need to pay a merchant fee when paying by credit or debit card.

* Unfortunately, some locations may not accept American Express.

Need help?

We’re happy to help you with this transaction.

Feel free to call us on 13 77 88 or visit a service centre

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