Applications for Wildlife Victoria's Rescue & Transport volunteering program are currently closed.
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wildlife Victoria had to postpone the release of the 2020 training dates. Once it is deemed safe to conduct public training days, Wildlife Victoria will schedule them as quickly as possible to train those of you eager to help Australian wildlife.
Applications for Transporters closed at the end of December 2019. If you applied during the bushfire emergency, your details were taken but your registration was not processed. You are welcome to apply for Rescue & Transporter training in 2020 when available, otherwise Transporter applications may reopen when travel restrictions are lifted.
If you are interested in becoming a wildlife carer
We encourage volunteers to become rescuers and transporters before they take on the huge commitment of becoming a foster carer which means looking after animals within your own home, and personally paying for required enclosures and specialised food for the animals in your care.
To become a foster carer, a wildlife shelter needs to sponsor you, so you will need to find a local shelter that you can volunteer at, to learn what is involved. Once you have gained the required experience and knowledge, and the shelter is willing to sponsor you, an application can be made to the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) for a permit to become a foster carer. DELWP website
Because of privacy laws, we are unable to supply you with the information on your local shelter. DELWP hold all of the shelter and foster carer licenses so they may be able to provide you with the information you require. Some Shelters can also be found with an internet search or on Facebook.