The export of Australia's native birds is prohibited by the Wildlife Protection (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1982. A review of the Act in 1991 has not led to any relaxation of the export ban.
However, the review recommended that government examine "the practical aspects of establishing a fully funded administrative control mechanism to allow strictly regulated commercial exports of a limited number of species of captivebred native birds which are not endangered or threatened". In making this recommendation, the report acknowledged there may be a case for highly regulated export of some native bird species.
This article explores the cases for and against the export of our native birds.
"Should we export our native birds?,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 34
, Article 10.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol34/iss2/10