The Draft Wildlife Regulations 2017 are currently being finalised based on stakeholder feedback. These regulations will come into operation in June/July 2018 (not June/July 2017).

The Wildlife Regulations 2017 will be available to the public by the end of 2017 to prepare for implementation in June 2018. There will be some interim measures for people seeking new longer term permits (that are issued for 3 or 5 years).

Permit holders will be sent further information prior to 30 June 2017, during the annual permit renewals process.


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This engagement has closed for comment. Thanks for your interest, work is still underway.

The public consultation period on the draft National Parks and Wildlife (Wildlife) Regulations 2017 has ended and DEWNR is considering your comments. Community consultation is an important aspect of regulation change and we thank all those who provided their feedback. 

From this recent consultation period, we received:

  • 21 comments on the YourSAy Discussion
  • 43 Survey responses
  • 45 written submissions 
  • 17 phone enquiries

We heard that parts of the regulation are not as clear as they could be and that some proposals have implications we had not foreseen.  DEWNR is working through the comments you provided to see how they may improve the clarity and operation of the wildlife regulations.

You will continue to be informed of progress as DEWNR prepares the new look Wildlife Regulations.


Have your say on proposed amendments to the National Parks and Wildlife (Wildlife) Regulations 2017. Public consultation has been extended to 15 August 2016

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PERMIT HOLDERS: New permits will not come into effect until 1 July 2017. The species listed in the current schedules will not change until 1 July 2017.

What is being decided?

The Wildlife Regulations govern how members of the public and industry keep, trade and rescue our native animals and the importing and exporting of protected animals to and from the state. They also ensure people collecting native plant material or farming and harvesting wildlife in general do so in a manner that does not adversely affect our wild populations or ecological communities.

The regulations are administered by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and as a requirement of legislation, must be reviewed prior to their expiry, which is usually between 10 and 14 years after they were put in place.

After engaging with approximately 160 people, including permit holders, scientists, DEWNR staff and organisations who regularly operate under the Wildlife Regulations, a number of changes have been proposed. These relate to:

  • permit types
  • record-keeping and reporting requirements
  • fees and charges
  • the type of native animals held in captivity that require permits (Schedule 6 and 7)
  • labelling requirements for interstate transport of native animals
  • reporting requirements for the transport of kangaroo carcasses.

The proposed changes aim to make the regulations easier to understand, more efficient in their application and also provide an update to the permit descriptions.

The idea is to reduce confusion around the intent of the regulations, deliver more effective regulation of wildlife and provide protection for animals in the wild. From an operational point of view, the proposed changes also reduce ‘red-tape’ affecting commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Regulations that become easier for all to understand and administer will reduce the incidence of non-compliance, and better balance the needs of the general public, businesses and the science and conservation communities.

If you fit into one of the following categories, then the proposed new regulations will apply to you:

  • keep native animals in your home
  • deal or trade in native animals
  • care for rescued animals
  • commercially harvest kangaroos
  • farm emus, or
  • collect seed and other plant material.

DEWNR encourages all permit holders to become familiar with their obligations as proposed under the draft regulations.

How can your input influence the decision?

Over the next six weeks, DEWNR is asking for feedback on the draft Wildlife Regulations. This is the final opportunity for your input into these draft regulations. All written comments and submissions made about the proposed changes will be considered in preparing the final draft regulations, which will then be put before the SA State Government Cabinet for approval.

The Department is looking for feedback and comments specifically on the proposed changes to the regulations, but if there are other regulations you would like to provide feedback on then let us know. When taking your feedback into account, DEWNR will balance the needs of conservation and science with business and community expectations. A report is to be published on the DEWNR website at the end of the process indicating what was heard and what changed as a result.

To have your say:

Get involved by:

  1. Completing the online survey.
  2. Joining the online discussion.
  3. Providing your comments, suggestions or feedback either by emailing or sending your feedback to the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Conservation and Sustainability Unit, GPO Box 1047, ADELAIDE SA 5001. 

If you have any questions about the proposed Wildlife Regulations 2017, contact DEWNR via email at or by phone 0467 809 142.

To ensure that your submission* is effective:

  • Clearly state which regulation you are referring to, by name or number.
  • Make your feedback concise and clear.
  • Tell us which regulations you agree with.
  • If you disagree with a regulation, state your reasons why and outline what you would prefer in its place, and why.

*Please note that your submission becomes part of the public record and may be available to anyone who requests a copy, unless you specifically request otherwise.

How will your input be used?

Your input will help shape the revised Wildlife Regulations, which will be finalised in early 2017. This will allow time for relevant organisations and individuals to understand what the changes mean for them ahead of the new permit structure being introduced in July 2017. It also gives the Department an opportunity to put in place some administrative improvements.

Please note: The existing National Parks and Wildlife Regulations 2001 will be remade in their current form by September 2016 in order to meet legislative requirements.



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