Code of Practice for Injured, Sick and Orphaned Flying-foxes

The cover of the Codde of Practicew for Injured, Sick & Orphaned Flying-foxe

The Code of Practice for Injured, Sick and Orphaned Flying-foxes has been updated on the DPIE website on 2 June 2021.

The Code of Practice for Injured, Sick and Orphaned Flying-foxes (the code) is intended for those authorised to rescue, rehabilitate and release flying-foxes.

The code has been developed to ensure the welfare needs of these flying-foxes are met and the conservation benefits stemming from their rehabilitation and release are optimised. It also aims to ensure that risks to the health and safety of volunteers rescuing and caring for these animals are reduced and easily managed.

Compliance with the code does not remove the need to abide by the requirements of the:
• Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979
• Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966
• Veterinary Practice Act 2003
• Animal Research Act 1985
• Local Government Act 1993
• Firearms Act 1996
or any other relevant laws and regulations.

Compliance with the standards in the code is a condition of a biodiversity conservation
licence (BCL) to rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned protected animals
issued under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act). A person who
contravenes a condition of a BCL is guilty of an offence under section 2.14 (4) of this Act.

The code is neither a complete manual on animal husbandry nor a static document. It must
be implemented by a person trained in accordance with the Flying-fox Rehabilitation Training
Standards for the Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector. It will be periodically reviewed to
incorporate new knowledge of animal physiology and behaviour, technological advances,
developments in animal welfare standards, and changing community attitudes and
expectations about the humane treatment of flying-foxes. The Department of Planning,
Industry and Environment (the department) will consult with licence holders regarding
potential changes to the code and give written notice when the code is superseded.

Wildlife rehabilitatior enclosure & equipment grants program for 2021-2022

Announcing the opening of the 2021-2022 wildlife rehabilitator grants program, NWC Chair, Audrey Koosmen announced some changes to how the program will be run.

The grants program acknowledges the pivotal role played not only by wildlife rehabilitators, but by their groups. The 2021-22 NWC member-only-group rehabilitator grant budget is set at $40,000 and any NWC group may be awarded a maximum of 2 individual member grants and 1 group grant; grant application amounts may be between $500 and $2500; independent general licensees may be awarded one grant.

The award of an NWC group grant will not disqualify individuals from NWC groups to be included in the application and voting process.

Grant applications for equipment and enclosure projects in the range from $500 to $2500 will be accepted between 18 June 2021 and 31 July 2021.

Full details are included in the Guidelines and in the Application Form. To be eligible to apply applicants must:

  • Have 2 or more years’ rehabilitation experience
  • Be authorised under a NPWS licensed rehabilitation group or be an independent general licensee (IGL)
  • Have their application endorsed by their licensed group management committee (in the case of a NWC group member)
  • Lodge application no later than 5pm on Saturday 31 July 2021

All grant applications will be assessed on the criteria

  • Need
  • Excellence
  • and Value for Money

Full details can be downloaded from the following links

More than one application endorsed by any individual group will be accepted, however a maximum of 2 individual and 1 group grant can be awarded to any one NWC group, and 1 to an IGL. A group application will be assessed separately to an individual application under the same licence.

All eligible applications will be presented to the NWC Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday 14 August 2021 (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) for voting by secret ballot.

NWC encourages eligible authorised wildlife rehabilitators and licenced rehabilitation groups to apply.

Enquiries to

Online Wildlife and Nature Sketch Journaling Course for Wildlife Volunteers

Online Wildlife and Nature Sketch Journaling Course for Wildlife Volunteers

Research tells us that creative expression has a part in healing and wellbeing.  Join us for a 3-part online course where we explore our relationship with wildlife and nature through mindful sketch journaling and its connection to our emotions and mind.

No artistic experience is necessary! We will grow our skills together.

Each course will be a maximum of 20 wildlife volunteers so we can allow for a more individual experience.

More information can be found at:

Conversations that matter for wildlife volunteers

Online Wildlife and Nature Sketch Journaling Course for Wildlife Volunteers

As a dispersed national community of wildlife volunteers, we rarely have time to have conversations that give voice to what we are experiencing and how we are feeling.

To explore this in a supportive and caring environment Two Green Threads have partnered up with the Quest for Life Foundation to offer a FREE 1-day course where we can safely explore the conversations that matter for us as volunteers in this sector.

The day will be led by Quest For Life’s CEO and Founder Petrea King.

The Quest for Life Foundation is a highly regarded not-for-profit skilled at navigating programs and community-based workshops that encourage, educate and empower people to improve their resilience and peace of mind during difficult times. The Foundation has 32 years of experience assisting people living with trauma to find hope, healing and peace.

Why we are offering this course now

Over the last decade, in particular, wildlife have experienced loss and change in their natural environments, and this has directly impacted upon them, and the wildlife volunteers who choose to support and assist.

The reasons we become wildlife volunteers are many and varied, but what holds true is that by undertaking our role we can open ourselves up to emotional, physical and mental vulnerability. The delight and privilege to be able to give wildlife a safe space, help them grow and recover, and then reconnect with nature can be highly challenging and daunting, but at the same time it is very, very special.

One of the ‘why’s’ of Two Green Threads is to create safe spaces to navigate the challenges of our volunteer journey. You won’t be pressured to talk, and sometimes there is a benefit in hearing you are not the only one feeling a similar way.

Course Dates and Locations

We are offering the ‘Conversations that Matter for Wildlife Volunteers’ course in the following locations and dates.


When: 12th June, 9.30am to 1.30pm. We suggest logging in 5-10 mins before.
Where: Held via Zoom – details will be provided on registration.


When: 26th June, 10am to 3.45pm, with substantial breaks throughout the day.
Where: TBC
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

More information can be found at

NSW Community Wildlife Survey

The NSW DPIE needs your help to conserve koalas and other local wildlife, to understand the impact of the 2019-20 bushfires and to assess trends in feral animals such as deer and fox.

In 2019, they released the NSW Community Wildlife Survey. The survey aimed to improve our understanding of the distribution of koalas and other mammals, including both native and introduced species, in New South Wales, to indicate how their populations have changed over time and to investigate what might be causing that change.

They ran the survey from May to December.

They have now reopened the survey to help them understand how our wildlife and introduced mammals are faring, and how they have been impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires.

More than ever, we need your sightings of koalas and other mammals from before and after the fires, as well as sightings from areas not affected by the fire.

The information you provide will build on findings from earlier community surveys, allowing us to compare mammal populations in 2006 with those in 2019-20. This data will help us decide the priority sites for action as part of the NSW Government’s Koala Strategy. It will also provide us with vital information about where mammals were affected by fire and where populations remain within and near the fire grounds.

The survey questions include

  • which of the 10 target animals in the image gallery occur in your local area
  • when you last saw the animals in your local area and if you think their numbers are increasing, decreasing or staying the same
  • the health of the koalas in your local area and whether they have young (joeys)
  • what you think are the main threats to koalas in your local area
  • where in New South Wales you have seen any of the 10 target animals over the last 2 years.

The survey should take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete.

For more information, links to the tools that you need to use and to take the survey go to:

Staying healthy during a mouse plague

Mice, rats and other rodents may carry infections that can spread to humans. These infections can spread through direct contact with infected mice or through contact with soil, food or water contaminated by infected mice. These infections are rare, but people should take steps to reduce their risk.

To read the full article go to the NSW health website at –

Download a PDF factsheet at –

Tips for protecting your health

Minimising rodent contact

  • Seal any holes or gaps inside your home.
  • Store food inside thick, well-sealed containers and clean up any spills/leftover food promptly to avoid attracting rodents.
  • Do not set mouse traps near food preparation areas.

What to do if you are bitten by a rodent

  • Immediately clean the wound with soap and water.
  • Dry the area, apply an antibiotic cream and a clean bandage.
  • Seek medical attention. You may need a tetanus immunisation, and in some circumstances (not always), antibiotics are given to prevent infection.
  • As the wound heals, keep an eye out for signs of infection such as skin that is warm to the touch, redness or pain. See a doctor if these signs develop.

Clean and disinfect mouse contact areas

  • Mop floors and clean countertops with disinfectant or bleach solution.
  • Steam clean or shampoo upholstered furniture and carpets with evidence of rodent exposure.
  • Wash any bedding and clothing with laundry detergent in hot water if exposed to rodent urine or droppings.

Clean up of mouse carcasses

When cleaning up mouse carcases or working in areas where mice have been:

  • Wear gloves
  • Wear waterproof protective clothing and footwear.
  • Cover cuts and abrasions with a waterproof dressing.
  • Wash hands with soap and dry your hands after completing the clean-up, and especially before eating.
  • Ideally, any handling of mouse carcasses should be undertaken by household members who are not pregnant or immunosuppressed.

Guidelines for the initial treatment and care of rescued sea turtles

Hi turtle rescuers & carers, please see the link below to recently published resources relevant to the inital treatment and care of rescued sea turtles.

Guidelines for the initial treatment and care of rescued sea turtles

The purpose of this document is to provide licensed wildlife rehabilitators in New South Wales with guidelines for the initial treatment of sea turtles requiring rescue or rehabilitation.

Guidelines for the initial treatment and care of rescued sea turtles