OWAD Environment - Koala ecology experts - Threatened species detection dogs

Permits, insurances and certifications

OWAD Environment - Permits


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

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

Current permits include (but are not limited to):

New South Wales:

  • OWAD is an accredited Animal Research Establishment (NSW Department of Primary Industries)
  • Animal Research Authority for “Targeted flora & fauna species surveys using professional detection dogs” (NSW Department of Primary Industries)
  • Scientific Licence for “Targeted flora & fauna species surveys using professional detection dogs” (NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment)
  • Research Permit for work in State Forests issued on a case-by-case basis (Forestry Corporation of NSW)


  • Animal Ethics Committee Approval 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)
OWAD Environment - Insurances


OWAD Environment has $2 million Professional Indemnity insurance for any one claim, and $4 million in the aggregate.

Our Public and Products Liability insurance is $20 million for any one claim.

Our detection dogs are fully insured as working professional detection dogs. Each of our detection dogs’ policies includes $5 million Third Party Liability.

Our 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 for the above policies can be provided upon request.

OWAD Environment - Certifications


  • 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).
  • Alex and Olivia maintain current Senior First Aid training (including CPR).

Certificates for the above can be provided upon request.