Captive breeding programs
If you want to export for commercial purposes an Australian native animal specimen (unless exempt) and/or CITES-listed specimen sourced in Australia, it must come from an approved program such as an approved captive breeding program. You can seek an export permit from the federal environment department (applicants still have to apply and be assessed as suitable under the national environment law).
Commercial trade in live native mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians is not permitted.
Approved captive breeding programs
The captive breeding programs that are currently approved under national environment law are listed below. Captive breeding programs do not have an expiry date but are generally reviewed after five years to establish whether the programs are still operational and continue to meet legal requirements.
|State||Program name||Decision date||Review due||Species (follow link for complete species list)|
|Programs approved for individual operations|
|Qld||Mr Stephen Hey||June 2013||June 2018|
|NSW||Ecogrow Pty Ltd||December 2012||December 2017|
|Qld||Aesthetic Australian Insects||June 2009||June 2014|
|Qld||Australian Butterfly Sanctuary||June 2008||June 2013||
|Qld||Australian Insect Farm||May 2014||May 2019|
|Qld||Australian Venom Zoo||September 2008||September 2013|
|Qld||Butterfly Encounters||March 2013||March 2018|
|Qld||Daintree Entomological Museum||August 2007||August 2012||
|Qld||Fauna and Flora||March 2015||March 2020|
|Qld||Silke Weyland||March 2012||March 2017|
|SA||Seahorse Marine Services||August 2010||August 2013||
|SA||Venom Supplies||August 2011||August 2016||
|Programs approved for state licensed operations|
|NSW||State licensing regime for emus||April 2015||April 2020||
|Qld||State licensing regime for emus||April 2015||April 2020||
|SA||State licensing regime for emus||April 2015||April 2020||
|Tas||State licensing regime for emus||April 2015||April 2020||
|Vic||State licensing regime for emus||April 2015||April 2020||
|WA||State licensing regime for emus||April 2015||April 2020||
Commercial trade in CITES Appendix I listed animals is prohibited, unless the animals are captive bred and sourced from a captive breeding operation that has been registered with the CITES Secretariat. The CITES Secretariat maintains a list of registered operations . Currently, Australia does not have any captive breeding operations registered with the CITES Secretariat.
Application form and guidelines
Applying for approval of a captive breeding program
If you would like your operation to be included in the list of approved captive breeding programs, use the form below to apply for an approved captive breeding program.
Guidelines, approval processes and submission details are all included with the form.