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potential changes to the code and give written notice when the code is superseded.