WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER?
If you'd like to make a contribution to the preservation, conservation and welfare of Queensland and Australia's native wildlife, then perhaps you would like to become a member of F.A.U.N.A.
If you wish to apply for membership, then click here to download the membership forms
Please read the following sections carefully in order to understand the obligations, terms and conditions of becoming a F.A.U.N.A. member.
LAW / CODE OF PRACTICE
CARE OF ORPHANED SICK OR INJURED
Copies of the Code of practice are available through wildlife care groups and or Parks & Wildlife office, Moggill, and are a must to read.
The Code of Practice is an excellent guide to the care of protected fauna in Australia. All foster carers MUST have a permit to hold fauna. This is available through your membership with a wildlife organisation in your area.
We as volunteers can only recommend to those members of the public who want to raise an orphaned or injured animal, that they join a REGISTERED wildlife group, as they will get the support necessary to raise an orphan or obtain a permit. The LAW is very specific regarding permits and penalties can be avoided by telephoning Q.P.W.S. in your local area.
F.A.U.N.A. for example, holds a permit for all its registered members and upon paying their annual subscription; members will receive a copy of this permit which has to be carried whenever transporting an animal.
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Under the Nature Conservation Act, all native wildlife taken into care, requires a permit. Caring for
wildlife and raising orphans requires time and dedication. Animals in care have to be fed, weighed,
measured, exercised and placed in the correct accommodation suitable for their species, age and
size, until the time for release back into the wild.
Please think carefully about the responsibility of
caring for wildlife before filling out the membership application form.
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CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP
1.It is a requirement of the F.A.U.N.A. permit, that all members abide by the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the Code of Practice
2. No person under the age of 18 years, may become a member
3. A member is fully responsible for the any animal in her/his care. Record sheets must be filled in
and on completion returned to the appropriate Register Head
4. Anyone unable to continue raising/caring for an animal may not pass on the animal/s to another
person. Consult the Register Head to work out a suitable solution in the animal's best interest
5. All animals received from any source other than the Register Head must be reported promptly to
the appropriate Register Head
6. No hand reared animal may be released without discussion with the Register Head
7. It is your responsibility to inform the Register Heads when you are unable to foster an animal
8. If your membership application form is unsigned, then F.A.U.N.A. will assume that you are a
support member only
9. F.A.U.N.A. members are sometimes contacted by the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service
(Q.P.W.S.) or members of the public to rescue injured or adult animals, particularly when the
member lives in the vacinity of where the animal is found. Rescues can be risky, particularly if the
animal is in pain and panics, there is a possibility of injury to the rescuer. F.A.U.N.A. cannot and
does not accept liability in respect of members who are injured in such circumstances. It is the
member's responsibility to assess each situation and to ensure her/his own safety. If necessary,
Q.P.W.S. or other assistance should be sought by the member to ensure that he/she does not face
the risk of injury.
10. F.A.U.N.A. stresses that there is no obligation on a member to undertake a rescue.
The decision to attempt or not attempt a rescue is made at the sole discretion of the member
11. MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED, AS A CONDITION OF MEMBERSHIP OF F.A.U.N.A., TO SIGN
THE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM, CONFIRMING THEIR UNDERSTANDING AND
ACCEPTANCE OF THIS POSITION
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F.A.U.N.A. (FOSTERCARE OF AUSTRALIA'S UNIQUE NATIVE ANIMALS ASSOCIATION INC.)
The name of the incorporated association shall be F.A.U.N.A. (Fostercare of
Australia's Unique Native Animals) Association Inc.
(in these rules called "the Association")
2. OBJECTS: The object for which the Association is established are:
- to raise orphan native animals and successfully return them to the wild
- to rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured native animals and successfully
return them to the wild
- to educate all sections of the community, particularly the young, in understanding
the needs of wildlife and the preservation of their natural environment
- to discourage exploitation of native animals and unnecessary development of any part
of the natural environment
- to participate in research into the development, behaviour and life history of native
animals either during their raising in captivity, in conditions as close as possible to
natural conditions, or in the wild after their release
- to encourage rational land use and proper planning of future development and
use of the natural environment and management thereof to ensure the provision of
abundant release sites
- to establish and maintain a public fund, to be called F.A.U.N.A. Public Fund, the fund is
established by deed of trust for the specific purpose of supporting the environmental
objects/purposes of F.A.U.N.A. (Fostercare of Australia's Unique Native Animals)
Association Inc. The Fund is established to receive all gifts of money and property for this
purpose and any money received because of such gifts must be credited to its bank account.
The Fund must not receive any other money or property into its account and it must comply
with subdivision 30-E of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
4. CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP:
3.1 the Association has, in the exercise of its affairs, all the powers of an individual.
The Association may, for example:
3.2.1 enter into contracts: and
3.2.2 acquire, hold, deal with and dispose of property; and
3.2.3 make charges for services and facilities it supplies; and
3.2.4 do other things necessary or convenient to be done in carrying out
4.1 The membership of the Association shall consist of ordinary members, and any of the following classes of members.
4.1.1. Management Committee, Membership Secretary and Register Heads. These
members receive quarterly newsletter and have voting rights when
appropriate as set out in the Rules
General members who pay an annual membership fee receive the quarterly
newsletter and have full voting rights; and
4.1.3. Support members who pay an annual membership fee and receive the
quarterly newsletter but do not have voting rights.
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For further information, please contact
F.A.U.N.A. (Fostercare of Australia ’s Unique Native Animals) Association Inc.,
Address: 90 Mt Berryman Road, Mt Berryman QLD 4341
Workphone: 07 5466 4144
Mobile: 0427 066 933
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