Permits, insurances and certifications


OWAD Environment conducts all operations under the necessary work permits and authorities.

We have permits & approvals to work with our Koala detection dog in Queensland and New South Wales.

Current permits include (but are no limited to):

Koala and Quoll surveys in Queensland:

  • Animal Ethics Committee Approval (CA 2018/01/1136) for Koala surveys using detection dogs, including amendment for Quoll surveys (Qld Department of Agriculture and Fisheries)
  • Biosecurity Queensland Registration Certificate (Biosecurity Queensland)
  • Scientific Purposes Permit required on a case by case basis for nominated protected areas only (e.g. National Parks, State Forests) *SPP not required for unprotected areas* (Qld Department of Environment and Heritage Protection)

Koala and Quoll surveys in New South Wales:

  • Animal Research Authority (TRIM 15/2129) for Koala and Quoll surveys using detection dogs (NSW Department of Primary Industries)
  • Animal Care and Ethics Certificate of Approval (TRIM 15/2129) 2015 (NSW Department of Primary Industries)
  • Scientific Licence (SL101634) for Koala and Quoll surveys using detection dogs (NSW Office of Environment & Heritage)
  • Research Permit issued on a case by case basis (Forestry Corporation of NSW)

Environmental engineering:

  • Radiation Safety Act 1999 Use Licence: Hand held X-ray fluorescence radiation apparatus to carry out chemical analysis.
  • Hot Work Permits.


OWAD Environment has $2 million Professional Indemnity insurance for any one claim.

Our Public and Products Liability is $10 million.

Our detection dogs are insured as working professional detection dogs.

Our main work vehicle (Toyota FJ Cruiser) is insured as a commercial vehicle, has full comprehensive insurance and has roadside assistance. Our second work vehicle (Landrover Defender) is insured for commercial use, has full comprehensive insurance and has roadside assistance.

Certificates of currency can be provided for the above upon request.


  • Alex and Olivia are Certified Environmental Practitioners (CEnvP) from the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ).
  • Alex, Olivia and the detection dogs are certified by the Conservation Division of the Australian Canine Detection Certification Council (CDCC) for Koala and Quoll detection.
  • Alex and Olivia have current Senior First Aid training (including CPR).

Certificates can be provided upon request.

Page last updated in November 2018.