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Wildlife Training Grants

In the wake of the horrific 2019/2020 emergency events, WIRES developed an online Introduction to Wildlife Rescue Course that is available nationally.

WIRES developed the course to help existing rescue organisations to recruit and train more volunteers in basic wildlife rescue quickly, so that they can have more volunteers available to assist wildlife. The course is designed to help new volunteers begin rescuing the animals most commonly reported needing assistance, including; birds, possums, lizards and turtles. 
As part of emergency preparedness plans it is key to increase ongoing rescue and care capacity, to be able to assist more sick, injured and orphaned wildlife on an ongoing basis, and in response to major emergencies.

The course will normally be $30 per person, however, to ensure organisations can train as many new volunteers as possible during 2020 and 2021, WIRES will be offering all rescue organisations keen to collaborate, a Training Grant that covers the cost of all volunteers they would like to complete the program. 
All nominated volunteers from eligible rescue organisations that are awarded Training Grants, will be able to complete the course for free in 2021. 

WIRES has already confirmed support for 480 volunteers across 10 organisations, providing $14,400 worth of training and we are keen to support as many groups as possible

WIRES is also working on making more wildlife training available online and will also offer these, where applicable, to collaborating rescue organisations as part of the Training Grant program.

Which organisations are eligible?

  • Organisations must have been actively engaged in wildlife rescue for a minimum of 2 years
  • Groups must be registered as Australian organisations with a current ABN
  • Groups must be licenced for wildlife rescue and care in accordance with their state requirements
  • Groups must prioritise animal welfare and aim to consistently provide best practice rescue and care for wildlife
  • Groups must be willing to sign an agreement confirming their commitment to the program, encouraging their volunteers to complete the course quickly and provide course feedback to WIRES

Request a Training Grant

If you are a rescue organisation that would like to enquire about a Training Grant, to give volunteers in your organisation access to WIRES online Introduction to Wildlife Rescue, please send through the details below to WIRES Training Team:

  • Your Name
  • Your Contact Number
  • Your Email Address
  • Organisation Name
  • Year Established
  • Website (where applicable)
  • Native species regularly rescued
  • Total number of volunteers
  • Number of volunteers you would like to be able to access the training. (Participants must be 18 and over to register for WIRES training)
Please email the details above to training@wires.org.au.  


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