Comments on this proposal closed 10 December 2018. The text and documents below remain available for reference only.
Invitation to comment
The Department of the Environment and Energy (the Department) invites comments on the draft Conditions for the Overseas Transfer of Platypus (the Conditions).
Under s303DG of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) the Minister may, upon application, issue permits for the export of regulated native specimens, including platypus. The export of live platypus must be for an eligible non-commercial purpose, must be non-detrimental to the taxon or relevant ecosystem and must satisfy regulation 9A.05 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 relating to animal welfare.
The Conditions have been formulated to ensure the welfare of platypus involved in overseas transfers. The conditions provide the framework within which it is determined whether the statutory requirements of the EPBC Act have been met regarding transport, accommodation and care during transport to and from, and in, overseas facilities. The Conditions have been developed in consultation with a number of stakeholders and technical experts including the Zoo Aquarium Association, zoos and sanctuaries, and field and behavioural biologists.
If approved, the Conditions will be published on the Department’s website and any future export permit applications for platypus must comply with these conditions.
Other conditions for the overseas transfer of Australian native animals are available at Conditions for the overseas transfer of Australian native animals
How can I get involved
The public are invited to provide written comments on the proposal to issue this permit. Please include your full name and address in your submission. Any written comments will be considered in making a decision to approve the Conditions.
Comments must be submitted by 10 December 2018.
Send your comments
Please address any comments to:
Wildlife Trade Assessments
Department of the Environment and Energy
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Personal information that you provide will only be used for these purposes. Personal information may be disclosed to employees of Australian Government agencies assisting the Minister.