Wildlife trade management plans

If you want to export for commercial purposes an Australian native wildlife specimen (unless exempt) and/or CITES-listed specimen sourced from Australia, it must come from an approved program such as a wildlife trade management plan. You can seek an export permit from the federal environment department (applicants still have to apply and be assessed as suitable under national environment law).

Wildlife trade management plans are generally large scale and are developed by the state or territory government agency responsible for managing the species. Wildlife trade management plans may be approved for up to five years. There are two types of wildlife trade management plans:

  • Approved wildlife trade management plans are described in section 303FO of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .
  • Accredited wildlife trade management plans are described in section 303FP(3) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Accredited wildlife trade management plans must meet all the legislative requirements for an approved wildlife trade management plan as well as additional monitoring and reporting. Under an accredited wildlife trade management plan, only specimens included on CITES require a permit. Although most specimens covered by an accredited wildlife trade management plan would not need an export permit from the federal environment department, the agency responsible for implementing the management plan would be required to monitor and report on exports.

Wildlife trade management plans are made and amended in the following ways:

  • A declaration of a wildlife trade management plan is made through an instrument signed by the Australian Government environment minister and published in the Australian Government Gazette.
  • A declaration may be varied by specifying additional or new conditions or revoking or varying existing conditions by a subsequent instrument published in the Australian Government Gazette.

Accredited wildlife trade management plans

Currently there are no accredited wildlife trade management plans

Approved wildlife trade management plans

Approved wildlife trade management plans are listed below. Conditions of approval, additional to the species covered and period of approval, are specified in the individual declarations.

Approved Wildlife Trade Management Plans
State Program name Species Organisation Approval period
From To
New South Wales NSW Whole Plant Management Plan Protected Plants Office of Environment and Heritage NSW 1 July 2013 30 June 2018
New South Wales NSW Cut-flower Management Plan Protected plants Office of Environment and Heritage NSW 1 January 2013 31 December 2017
New South Wales New South Wales Commercial Kangaroo Harvest Management Plan 2012-2016

Macropus rufus
Macropus fuliginosus
Macropus giganteus
Macropus robustus robustus
Macropus robustus erubescens

Office of Environment and Heritage NSW 1 January 2012 31 December 2016
Northern Territory Management program for cycads in the Northern Territory of Australia, 2009–2014 Cycas spp. Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport 14 October 2009 13 October 2014
Northern Territory Management Program for the freshwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2010-2015 Crocodylus johnstoni Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport 12 January 2011 30 June 2015
Northern Territory Management Program for the Saltwater Crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia, 2014–2015 Crocodylus porosus Northern Territory Department of Land Resource Management 1 July 2014 31 December 2015
Queensland Queensland Wildlife Trade Management Plan for Export of Commercially Harvested Macropods, 2013-2017 Macropus rufus
Macropus giganteus
Macropus robustus
Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection 1 January 2013 31 December 2017
Queensland Approved Wildlife Trade Management Plan for flora in Queensland Protected plants Queensland Environmental Protection Agency 18 April 2011 31 December 2015
Queensland Wildlife Trade Management Plan – Queensland Crocodile Farming Crocodylus johnstoni
Crocodylus porosus
Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection 1 January 2014 31 December 2017
South Australia South Australian Kangaroo Management Plan Macropus rufus
Macropus fuliginosus melanops
Macropus robustus
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources 1 January 2013 31 December 2017
Tasmania Management Plan for the Commercial Harvest and Export of Brushtail Possums in Tasmania 2010 - 2015 Trichosurus vulpecula Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment 27 October 2010 30 June 2015
Tasmania Tree Fern Management Plan for the Sustainable Harvesting, Transporting or Trading of Dicksonia antarctica in Tasmania Dicksonia antarctica Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority 18 October 2012 17 October 2017
Western Australia Management Plan for the Commercial Harvest and Farming of Crocodiles in Western Australia Crocodylus porosus, C. johnstoni Department of Environment and Conservation 1 January 2009 31 December 2013
Western Australia Management Plan for the Commercial Harvest of Kangaroos in Western Australia Macropus rufus
Macropus fuliginosus
Department of Conservation and Land Management 1 January 2013 31 March 2014
Western Australia Western Australia Flora Protected plants Department of Environment and Conservation 1 July 2013 30 June 2018

Application form

Application for approval of a wildlife trade management plan

If you would like your operation to be approved as a wildlife management plan, use the form below to apply for an approved wildlife management plan.

Approval processes and submission details are all included with the form.

No guidelines have been prepared for the approval of a wildlife trade management plan. If you intend to apply for approval of a wildlife trade management plan, please contact us for a copy of the model management plan.