General information

The Queensland Museum is the State's primary repository for cultural and natural heritage information and material artefacts. They should be the first institution contacted if you are doing research into Indigenous or historic cultural heritage.

A museum is entitled to take, keep and use protected and international wildlife under a museum licence. They may also keep dead prohibited wildlife.

You can also read the legislation online by visiting the Office of Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website.

Pre-lodgement service

The department offers a service to guide applicants through the assessment process. The service includes meeting with a departmental project manager to discuss the information that must be provided with your application.

This service can be initiated by contacting Permit and Licence Management or by email at or completing a Pre-design conference application form. If a meeting is required to discuss your application in more detail, a departmental officer will contact you directly.

Permits and approvals

A museum licence may only be granted to a non-profit institution owned by a state or the Commonwealth.

If you wish to apply for a licence to operate a museum collection in accordance with the requirements of the Nature Conservation Act 1992, your application must be assessed and approved by the chief executive before you can proceed with your project and any associated activities.

Forms and fees

Please download an application form; contact Permit and Licence Management or email for assistance.

Application form: Museum licence (DOC, 235.5KB)