Possum Permits

Permit to Trap and Release Possums

You must have a permit to place a possum trap in a roof space to catch and remove a possum.

Trapped possums must be released within 24 hours of capture (at sunset on the day of capture). They must be released on the same property, within 50 metres of where they were caught. Releasing possums during the day increases their stress and puts them at risk of being attacked and injured.

Relocating possums is inhumane, illegal and a poor solution to the possum problem.

Evidence exists that the removal of brushtail possums often results in other possums moving into that area, and the death of the possum that has been removed.

It is illegal to trap and release possums without a permit. The maximum penalty is $2,500 or six months imprisonment.

Permit to Trap and Destroy Possums

A Permit to Trap and Destroy Possums will only be granted if the applicant has tried all other means of resolving the situation.

The humane destruction of brushtail possums can be carried out by registered veterinarians, the Animal Welfare League and animal research facilities that hold a current DEWNR Scientific Permit and animal ethics approval.

It is illegal to destroy or remove any native animal without a permit. The maximum penalty is $2,500 or imprisonment for six months.

Permit to Trap and release Possums (pest controller)

Pest controllers offering a possum removal service must have a Permit to Trap and Release Possums.

Pest controllers must release trapped possums within 24 hours of capture (at sunset on the day of capture). They must be released on the same property, within 50 metres of where they were caught.

It is illegal to trap and release possums without a permit. The maximum penalty is $2,500 or six months imprisonment.

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