A guide to record keeping for exotic birds

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2007

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

About the guide

If you keep exotic birds there are some important things you need to know.

The Australian Government is promoting a new record keeping scheme to help exotic bird keepers in Australia minimise the risk of acquiring illegally traded birds, and to reduce disease and pest risk in Australia from illegally imported birds.

If you keep exotic birds it is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with Australian Government and relevant state or territory legislation. The Australian Government legislation regulates international wildlife trade and helps to protect Australlia's environment. Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), it is your responsibility to be able to prove that any exotic bird you hold is legal. The easiest way to do this is to keep records of where you got the bird and evidence of its legitimate origin.

The new record keeping scheme has been developed through consultation with exotic bird keepers in Australia to help bird keepers maintain adequate records showing where they have obtained exotic birds they hold.

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