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.
- Anyone aged 18 or over, who can satisfy the OEH that they're suitably qualified to handle reptiles, including dangerous venomous snakes.
What you need
- 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'.
How to apply
- Download and complete the Licence to catch and release reptiles – PDF.
- Gather your supporting documentation.
- Post or email your application to the details on the form.
- If you have an authority under a licensed wildlife rehabilitation group, you may already be covered by the group's insurance.