Wildlife Training Grants

The WIRES National Training Grants Programme provides the opportunity for licensed wildlife rescue and care groups around Australia to access WIRES wildlife rescue and rehabilitation training. 

All nominated volunteers from eligible rescue organisations that are awarded Training Grants, will be able to complete the courses below for free in 2021.

Under the programme WIRES has provided over $22,000 in training to 735 volunteers from 15 organisations and we are keen to support as many organisations as possible. WIRES launched the Training Grant Programme and the Introduction to Wildlife Rescue Course in the wake of the horrific 2019/2020 emergency events, to support wildlife rescue groups on a broader scale and improve outcomes for animals nationally.  

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 courses would normally be $30 per person, however, to ensure organisations can train as many volunteers as possible, WIRES is offering rescue organisations keen to collaborate, a Training Grant that covers the cost of all volunteers they would like to complete the available courses. 

Below are the courses that are currently available under the programme with more species specific courses to come in future: 

  • Introduction to Wildlife Rescue Course - This course is designed to help rescue organisations recruit and train more new volunteers faster, to begin rescuing the animals most commonly reported needing assistance, including birds, possums, lizards and turtles. 
  • Sea Turtle Rescue and Transport Course - This course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills on how to safely rescue and transport sea turtles. Participants will learn how to identify injuries and signs of disease, maintain high standards of animal welfare and become familiar with WHS considerations during the rescue and transport process. 
  • Treating Wombats with Mange Course - This course is designed to address the WHS risks and hazards associated with treating wombats with mange, outline the current approved techniques for treating mange and equip participants with the ability to ascertain the various stages of mange. Please ensure your group has the appropriate permits or licences required in your state before commencing any treatment. The course does not currently authorise non-WIRES members to provide treatment.

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

Apply for 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 either the WIRES online Introduction to Wildlife Rescue and/or the WIRES Sea Turtle Course, please complete the following form and the WIRES training team will be in touch as soon as possible:



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