Protected animals

Protected animals are any:

  • mammal, bird or reptile indigenous to Australia
  • migratory mammal, bird or reptile that periodically or occasionally migrates to, and lives in, Australia
  • animal of a species referred to in schedule 7, 8 or 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 (the Act)
  • animal of a species declared by regulation to be a species of protected animals, but does not include animals of the species referred to in schedule 10 of the Act or any animals declared by regulation to be unprotected.

Restrictions on taking protected animals

It is an offence to take any species of protected animals, or their eggs, from the wild without an appropriate permit. Penalties may be incurred for the taking of, or illegal possession of, protected animals.