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Moving native wildlife

Moving native wildlife is regulated through a licensing system to minimise the likelihood of animals escaping and becoming established in the area and, consequently, threatening conservation values. The licensing system for moving wildlife also helps in monitoring trade in wildlife.

There are three 'levels' of documentation under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 under which wildlife may be moved. These are:

  • wildlife movement permit
  • movement advice
  • chief executive's written approval.

Some situations do not require a movement permit to move protected animals, including when a person moves:

  • an exempt animal, unless it was lawfully taken from the wild in Queensland
  • a protected animal to or from a registered veterinary surgeon who treated/will treat and care for the animal
  • to another place of residence within Queensland and the animal is taken to the new place of residence
  • to another place of business within Queensland and the animal is taken to the new place of business
  • a sick, injured or orphaned protected animal for care or treatment to the place where it is intended to be cared for within Queensland, or to another person who holds a rehabilitation permit for the animal.

You can also read the legislation online by visiting the Office of Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website.

Permits and approvals

You should contact Permit and Licence Management or email to discuss any proposal to move wildlife into, within or out of Queensland.

If you are either importing or exporting wildlife into or out of Queensland, you should also contact the wildlife authority in the other state to ensure that you have the necessary documentation from that state to proceed with the movement.

Movement advices

There are two ways to complete a movement advice – online, and by use of a paper-based form.

This Wildlife Movement Advice animation provides more information about your options.

Online (via Connect)

The use of a movement advice online is available, providing that both the person who is selling or giving away the wildlife and the person who buys or accepts the wildlife have had licences issued by the licensing system Connect (this means that both would be registered to use Connect).

Please note that Connect will not grant a movement advice for a proposed wildlife movement that is later than 2 business days from the date of your application.

In order to access Connect, you will first need to register here.

By use of a paper-based form

This is the long-established method to complete a movement advice. Each form contains instructions on its completion.

Apply to purchase movement advices here (Word, 126K)* or use the free electronic movement advice (Word, 312K)*.

To remove any doubt, if either person is not a registered user with Connect, this cannot be processed using the Connect system and paper-based application must be used.

How to use a movement advice

  1. In all wildlife movements requiring a movement advice, the person who filled out the advice must send the section marked Part 1 to the chief executive within seven days of the wildlife being moved and keep the section marked Part 4 for their own records.
  2. If you fill out the movement advice to move wildlife from one place in Queensland to another person anywhere in Australia, you must also send the sections marked Part 2 and Part 3 with the wildlife.
  3. If you are in Queensland and fill out a movement advice to import wildlife into Queensland, you must send or give the section marked Part 2 to the person sending the wildlife.
  4. If you are receiving wildlife moved under a movement advice, you must sign and date the section marked Part 3 in the space provided. This section must then be given or sent to the chief executive within seven days of the wildlife being moved.

Forms and fees

To obtain a wildlife movement permit you will need to submit an application. Please download an application form; contact Permit and Licence Management or email for assistance.

Movement advices must be obtained from the department and may be purchased in advance.

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Last updated
2 August 2017