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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 Department of Planning, Industry and Environment 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 Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.


  • Anyone aged 18 or over, who can satisfy the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment 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/or 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

  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.

More information

  • If you have an authority under a licensed wildlife rehabilitation group, you may already be covered by the group's insurance.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.

Last updated: 8 April 2020
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