NEW Queensland Bird Licence changes

Just weeks after the NSW Government back-flipped to class bird breeders as pet stores, on the 24th of May 2018 Queensland Licence holders received an email from the Department of Environment and Science with a new regulatory impact statement. See department framework.

We predict these changes will affect market value especially for handraised pets, proposed new licencing fees are a tax on bird breeders to capitalise on the success and growth of Australian Aviculture.
— T. Bugden - Queenslander Aviaries

The proposed changes will see only one fee reduction, the existing four Recreational and seven Commercial Licences will be replaced by three.

Examples of proposed new Licencing:

  • If someone wanted to buy a handraised Eclectus Parrot they would be required to have a 'Specialist licence' costing $316.90 for 5 years. They would not be able to have more than 5 and breeding is prohibited.

 

  • If someone wanted to breed any bird that currently requires a Recreational, International or Restricted Licence they would be required to have an 'Advanced Licence' costing $682.90 for only 3 years. That's a $604.30 (768.82%) increase for someone who previously held a Recreational Licence costing only $78.60 for 5 years.
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Proposed new Licences

New 'Standard licence' 
Cost: $59.20 for 5 years

Current Name and Fees:
Recreational Wildlife Licence - $78.60 for 5 years

Proposed New Laws:
Basic animals
Limits on numbers (proposed max. of 5)
No breeding
Trading within 6mths only in ‘exceptional circumstances’
Optional online record book, annual return

New 'Specialist licence' 
Cost: $316.90 for 5 years

Current Name and Fees:
International Licence - $95 for 5 years
Restricted Licence - $314.80 for 5 years?

Proposed New Laws:
Limits on numbers (proposed max. of 5)
No breeding
Trading within 6mths only in ‘exceptional circumstances’
Mandatory online record book

New 'Advanced Licence' 
Cost: $682.90 for 3 years.

Current Name and Fees:
Recreational Licence - $78.60 for 5 years
International Licence - $95 for 5 years
Restricted Licence - $314.80 for 5 years

Proposed New Laws:
Keep any ‘Basic’ and ‘Specialist’ animals
More than five animals permitted
No limits on breeding
No limits on trading

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Everyone is invited to provide feedback on a number of proposed options for the future management of protected animals, with a particular focus on commercial and recreational wildlife licencing. These proposed options are explained in the ‘Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement: Reviewing the framework for the management of protected wildlife (animals) in Queensland under the (PDF) Nature Conservation Act 1992 (PDF, 2.11MB)’’.  Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 29 June 2018.

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