The Code of Practice for Injured, Sick and Orphaned Protected Fauna (the Code) is intended for everyone authorised to rehabilitate and release protected fauna by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and has been developed to protect the welfare of fauna in their care. The Code contains both standards and guidelines for the care of protected fauna that is incapable of fending for itself in its natural habitat.
An animal’s welfare can be thought of as the way its health, safety and well-being are affected by its physical and social environment. Health and behaviour indicators provide information about how an animal is responding to a situation, enabling rehabilitators to make informed decisions.
The Code is neither a complete manual on animal husbandry, nor a static document. It will be revised regularly to take into account new knowledge of animal physiology and behaviour; technological advances; developments in standards of animal welfare; and changing community attitudes and expectations about the humane treatment of animals. OEH will consult with licence holders regarding potential changes to the Code and give written notice when the Code is superseded.