Hi Aunty V.
Peoples... you are all talking to an Aussie wanting to get a rabbit!
Here in Queensland I think you need a Magicians Licence to get a rabbit. Otherwise you cant keep them domestically.
You need to check your state laws AV. If you are in NSW...
2 Rabbit licence
The Rural Lands Protection Act 1989 currently requires each person who wishes to keep two or more rabbits to obtain a licence. The Act requires that rabbits not be vaccinated with the fibroma (myxomatosis) vaccine. A rabbit licensing kit, containing an application form and relevant literature on conditions for keeping rabbits, is available through NSW Agriculture offices.
Rabbits must be kept in accordance with the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals—Intensive Husbandry of Rabbits. This is a requirement for obtaining a licence. The Code specifies minimum cage sizes and provisions for supply of food and water to farmed rabbits. It also stipulates procedures for the correct handling and transport of rabbits. It is therefore recommended that prospective rabbit farmers and any authority responsible for issuing an approval for rabbit farming obtain a copy of the Code.
In addition, other legislation may apply in certain circumstances to the rabbit farming industry, including:
All persons keeping one or more rabbits must abide by the following requirements, whether or not a licence is required:
The rabbits must be of a recognised domestic breed or hybrid of a domestic breed. In no circumstances is a wild type of rabbit, or hybrid of a wild type, to be kept at the premises.
The rabbits must be kept in a rabbit-proof enclosure.
The rabbits must not be released, abandoned or left in any situation which would allow them to roam at large.
The occupier of the premises where the rabbits are kept must allow the rabbits and the premises to be inspected at any time by an officer authorised for that purpose by the Minister, or by any employee of the Board, in whose district the premises are located, who is authorised for that purpose.
Rabbits must not be vaccinated with the fibroma (myxomatosis) vaccine. No fibroma vaccine shall be kept or brought onto the premises. No rabbit that has been vaccinated with fibroma vaccine shall be kept on or brought onto the premises.
The rabbits must be kept in accordance with the Code of Practice for Intensive Husbandry of Rabbits, produced by the Animal Health Committee to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Resource Management.
Also you will need to protect YOUR rabbits from feral rabbits.
Guinea pigs are much better although you will need a protected place for them in your cold weather (and make sure snakes cant get under the enclosure in summer) and that rats and mice cant get to their feed (which will also attract snakes).
Better still... just put a leash around that huge huntsman spider you found and tell her its a possum... a many legged possum.
Oh and its not just rabbits that can be vicious. We had a pet kangaroo we raised from a joey. It was a buck and when it got full grown it used to attack men... never women just men. Nasty thing. Dangerous too.
Just keep swimming... just keep swimming.. just keep swimming....