To keep native mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians as pets, you'll need a native animal keeper licence.
This licence covers over 300 types of native animals listed on the NSW Native Animal Keepers' Species List as class 1 or basic:
- amphibian class A1
- bird class B1
- mammal class M1
- reptile class R1.
You can apply for the licence online.
Licences are granted under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 in the following classes:
- bird keeper
- basic bird
- advanced bird
- emu endorsement.
- reptile keeper
- basic reptile
- advanced reptile, non-venomous
- advanced reptile, venomous, category 1
- advanced reptile, venomous, category 2
- advanced reptile, venomous, category 3.
- amphibian keeper
- basic amphibian
- advanced amphibian
- it's illegal to collect frogspawn, tadpoles or frogs from the wild, but with a licence you can witness metamorphosis in action.
- mammal keeper
- basic mammal
- only dingos, spinifex hopping-mice and plains rats can be kept as pets. You don't need a licence for dingos.
To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit Office of Environment and Heritage.
What you need
- your personal details
- your residential and postal address
- your concession card details (if applicable)
- the species code as identified in the NSW Native Animal Keepers' Species List.
How to apply
- Find the species code.
- Select the 'Apply online' button.
- Log in or create an account.
- Complete the online application form.
- Enter your payment details.
- Read and confirm the declaration.
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).
Please note that you may need to pay a merchant fee when paying by credit or debit card.