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Rules and regulations for collection of livestock varies significantly from area to area, and can be covered by Commonwealth and/or State law. This is only a brief and general summary of the what and where (at the time at which the information was added). At no point should it be taken as being correct. For full up to date information, follow the links provided below, or talk to the local officer / ranger.
On the Commonwealth level, Australia has the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act which provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places. The EPBC Act provides for the listing of nationally threatened native species and ecological communities, native migratory species and marine species. One of the approved lists under the EPBC Act is marine species list.  State legislation can override this Act in some instances.
New South Wales
- Recreational fishing rules and regulations - Fishing and Aquaculture, Department of Primary Industries, State of New South Wales
- Recreational Fishing - Department of Regional Development, Primary Industries, Fisheries and Mines, Northern Territory Government
- Brief guide to recreational fishing rules & regulations for Queensland - Primary Industries and Fisheries within the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, The State of Queensland
- Collecting within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - GBRMPA. Follow through to the zoning links for specific permitted activities in given areas. Note that the collection of Coral (alive or dead) is illegal within unless by a permit holder as issued the Marine Park Authority.
- Recreational Fishing - Primary Industries and Resources South Australia
- Fishing - Sea Fishing and Aquaculture, Department of Primary Industries and Water, State of Tasmania
- Recreational Fishing - Department of Fisheries, The Government of Western Australia
- Recreational collection of coral and live rock in Western Australia was banned in July 2001 and this ban continues to today (see Dept of Fisheries article)
- Commercial collection of fish, coral or liverock requires a collection permit from the Dept of Fisheries
Getting Them Home
Once have returned with the livestock, need to acclimatise them to the conditions in the holding system.
- Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act - Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Australian Government