NSW wildlife licensing consultation EDO NSW submission

Wildlife licensing consultation

Towards a risk-based approach to wildlife licences, National Parks and Wildlife Service - EDO NSW submission

July 2018 - Download submission

This submission responds to the following consultation documents:
- Discussion Paper – Towards a risk-based approach to wildlife licences
- Revised NSW Native Animals Keepers Species List
- Draft Code of Practice for Keeping Native Reptiles
- Draft Code of Practice for Keeping Native Frogs
- Draft Code of Practice for Keeping Native Birds

EDO NSW generally supports a risk-based approach to wildlife licences. However, it must be recognised that the use of Codes may provide a defence against actions that would otherwise constitute a legal offence. As such, it is vital that risk-based management is precautionary in its approach to assigning risk and is supported by clear and enforceable management requirements. In this regard, EDO NSW submits that there should be a number of improvements made to the proposed risk-based approached and the draft Codes, should they be adopted.

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