Other Animals - Non-companion

For information, complaints or to report an incident or issue concerning;

Australian Native Animals - please call the National Parks and Wildlife Services on 1300 072 757.

Feral or Introduced Pests - please call the Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

Wildlife Information, Rescue, and Education Service (WIRES)

24/7 Emergency Hotline: 13 000 WIRES www.wires.org.au

What To Do While You Wait After calling a wildlife rescue organization you can:

  1. Remove any threat to the animal.

    This includes keeping all people and pets away from the native animal, to minimise stress to the animal for vet transport or until a rescuer arrives.

  2. If it is safe to do so, contain the animal in a warm, dark, quiet place.

    For example, gently wrap the animal in a towel and place it in a ventilated box with a lid, cover the box or container with a towel, and transport it carefully to the nearest vet or wait for the rescuer to arrive. Handle the animal as little as possible to minimise stress.

  3. Do not give the animal any food or water, unless instructed to by a vet or WIRES.

Non-companion animals (not cats or dogs)

All animals must be kept in a manner that does not create a nuisance or a health risk to the surrounding community.

Common issues dealt with by Councils in relation to animals include:

  • Offensive odours
  • Noise nuisances
  • Unhealthy conditions causing pest and vermin issues

These issues can be avoided by considering the type and number of animals which are suitable for your neighbourhood.

Please refer to Council's Local Orders Policy No 1 - Guidelines for Keeping of Animals for Domestic Purposes(PDF, 2MB)  

General things to remember when keeping animals

  • Ensure all food is stored in sealed containers
  • Ensure clean water is available at all times
  • Don’t leave food or scraps lying around as this may attract rodents or vermin
  • Only put food in a clean tray and take the tray away overnight
  • Regularly clean out animal shelters, ensuring all waste is removed and disposed of appropriately
  • Take care not to wash waste products into adjoining properties or watercourses
  • Ensure the land is adequately fenced and cages are vermin and rodent proof
  • Provide adequate shelter from sun, rain and wind
  • Limit the animals kept to a manageable number
  • Avoid keeping roosters close to residential areas as they are noisy, and
  • Careful consideration should be taken to the placement of bird cages / aviaries. They should be located as far away from neighbouring residences as possible

Certain Animals Should NOT Be Approached

If you encounter a sick, injured, or orphaned animal on the list below, call a wildlife rescue organization straight away. These animals require specialist handling and MUST be rescued by trained wildlife rescuers.

Further information

Please contact Council's Directorate of Place and Growth on (02) 6730 2350