Banding birds or bats

You need registration and animal ethics committee (AEC) approval if the banding of birds or bats is being carried out for a scientific purpose. This includes catching and banding birds or bats as part of ecological research programs or surveys, or as part of the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme.

Catching and banding wildlife must also meet other requirements, including those of the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

The banding of birds kept for recreational and hobby purposes (e.g. homing pigeons) does not require registration or AEC approval.

Flies and other insects are not animals under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001, so no AEC approval is required. Also, flies are not listed under the Stock Route Management Act 2002 so there is no requirement for a permit to buy, keep, transport and/or supply drosophila.