Protected animal specimens

National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking feedback on the draft protected animal specimens code of practice.
Taxidermy short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) on display at Royal National Park Visitor Information Centre
Taxidermy short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) on display at Royal National Park Visitor Information Centre

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What’s this about?

The draft code of practice sets out compliance requirements for possessing and dealing in protected animal specimens, such as taxidermy carcasses, animal materials, animal parts and skeletal materials. The code will not apply to certain activities and specimens. This includes but is not limited to:

  • individuals carrying out the process of taxidermy
  • threatened species specimens, birds of prey specimens
  • unpreserved specimens (blood, tissue and organs) and importing and exporting protected preserved specimens to and from New South Wales – these activities may still require a biodiversity conservation licence.

We are seeking specific feedback about what you would like to see change, and why you believe changes should be made. Real life examples of how changes may or may not work in practice are encouraged as these will give National Parks and Wildlife Services NPWS the best understanding of key issues.

Have your say

Have your say by Sunday 19 February 2023.

You can provide feedback three ways, listed below.

Formal submission

20 January 2023 to 19 February 2023

Address: Manager NPWS Wildlife Regulation Unit Re: Public Exhibition Locked Bag 5022 Parramatta NSW 2124


20 January 2023 to 19 February 2023

Online consultation

Consultation period

From:20 January 2023
To:19 February 2023

See consultation methods

More information

Email: Project team
Phone: 1300 361 967
Agency Website
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