Who We Are

TWRC Mission Statement –

To achieve the best outcomes for sick, injured and orphaned Tasmanian wildlife, from rehabilitation to release through a positive partnership between carers, government and the community.


Tasmania is home to some of the most unique wildlife on the planet and it is our responsibility to ensure these amazing animals receive the protection and care they need to thrive.

The Tasmanian Wildlife Rehabilitation Council was established to do just that. As the State’s peak representative body for wildlife rehabilitation, this not-for-profit organisation provides a forum for education and consultation as well as a voice for wildlife rehabilitators through its executive council membership. Its primary aim is to ensure excellent welfare outcomes for Tasmania’s native animals during and post rehabilitation, supporting and complementing conservation programmes and strategies.

The TWRC advocates best practice in wildlife rehabilitation by providing advice to stakeholders, government and the general public and collaboratively developing training, standards, guidelines and legislation for the care of wildlife. It also works in conjunction with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment’s Wildlife Management Branch, facilitating the rehabilitation of Tasmania’s special animals, and contributing its expertise to issues relating to wildlife rehabilitation.

Going forward the Council’s ongoing community engagement strategy is designed to educate the public on the importance of Tasmanian wildlife, encouraging the celebration of its uniqueness and inspiring a true sense of wildlife stewardship in our cities and towns. In this way, these precious creatures will be protected now and in the future.

Ultimately the Council will function as a hub connecting wildlife rehabilitation organisations registered wildlife care groups, individual permit holders, community and government to form a cohesive network guaranteeing as many sick, injured and orphaned animals as possible make it back to the wild.

The Council is funded by donations, government and community grants and membership contributions.