New fees for Wildlife Carers
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As of 1 January 2019, the Biodiversity Conservation Regulations introduced a new licencing scheme that includes a fee schedule for the possession of fauna for rehabilitation purposes in the State of Western Australia. The fees are $250 for an initial licence and $110 annually thereafter. If the Department wishes to complete an inspection, this comes as an additional cost. Prior to 1 January 2019, individual wildlife rehabilitators were required to be registered, meeting all requirements for training, experience, facilities and standards of care WITHOUT incurring these exorbitant fees. There has been no reason given to explain this sudden licence fee. The fee creates a barrier to volunteers, who already give their own time, resources and money to care for our wildlife.
The Government mandates the care and possession of wildlife and has full ownership over these animals, we therefore call on Mark Webb, Director General DBCA and CEO BGPA to remove these fees effective immediately.
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