Overview

Wildlife is protected in Victoria under the Wildlife Act 1975 (Wildlife Act) and it is illegal to wilfully disturb or destroy wildlife without authorisation from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

The Authority to Control Wildlife (ATCW) system was set up to administer and regulate authorisations issued under the Wildlife Act for the control of wildlife, where it is damaging property, crops or pasture, impacting biodiversity, or posing a risk to human health or safety.

Over the last few years there has been increasing community interest in the way the ATCW system is managed. Community members have raised specific concerns with DELWP about the system and have provided suggestions for how they feel it could be improved. DELWP has decided that it is time to review the system to ensure that it meets the needs of the community, while also ensuring the sustainability of Victoria's wildlife species.

DELWP is seeking feedback from the Victorian community on ways that the system could be improved. You are invited to read the attached discussion paper and answer the questions below. Your responses will help shape recommendations to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change for improvements to the system.


How to participate

DELWP has developed a discussion paper to assist your thinking on ways the system could be improved.

The discussion paper includes:

  • an explanation of the legislative framework underpinning the ATCW system
  • an overview of the ATCW system as it currently operates
  • information on changes and improvements to the ATCW system that are planned or already underway; and
  • a description of the issues and solutions previously raised by stakeholders.

If you would like to participate in the review of the ATCW system, please read the discussion paper and then answer the questions below. The questions should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please note that there is no save function.

The consultation period closes on 29 June 2018.


Questions

Once you have read the discussion paper, please answer the questions below. You do not have to answer all of the questions if you do not wish to. The questions are grouped by the 5 themes in the discussion paper.
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Theme 1 - The application process

1.1. Do you have any concerns with the ATCW application process that were not identified in the discussion paper?
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1.2. Do you support the suggestion that DELWP should allow applicants to apply for an ATCW pro-actively (i.e. before the damage occurs) in situations where damage is likely to reoccur (e.g. season damage to fruit crops by birds)?
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1.3. Do you support the suggestion that DELWP should introduce a streamlined renewal process for ATCWs?
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1.4. Do you support the suggestion that all shooters, regardless of target species, should be required to pass a shooting proficiency test?
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Theme 2 - Decision making

2.1. Do you have any concerns with the ATCW decision making process that were not identified in the discussion paper?
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2.2. The Wildlife Act does not define a minimum threshold that damage must exceed before a land owner/manager may apply for an ATCW. Do you support the suggestion to introduce a minimum damage threshold?
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2.3. Some other Australian states provide a damage estimate calculator for land owners/managers that uses modelling to estimate damage caused by wildlife. Do you think a tool like this would be useful for Victoria?
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Theme 3 - Compliance monitoring and enforcement

3.1. Do you have any concerns with DELWP's compliance monitoring and enforcement of the ATCW system that were not included in the discussion paper?
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3.2. Do you support the suggestion that ATCW holders should be required to submit returns to DELWP which state how many animals were controlled under the ATCW?
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3.3. Do you support the suggestion that agents (people who may undertake the control that are not the ATCW holder) should be required to be listed on the application form and authorisation?
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3.4. Do you support the suggestion that the range of sanctions available for use by DELWP's compliance staff should be improved?
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3.5. Do you support the suggestion that Govenor In Council Orders should be issued to allow the disturbance (non-lethal control) of common wildlife species such as Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Musk Lorikeets, subject to conditions?
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Theme 4 - Traditional Owner involvement in the ATCW system

4.1. If you are a landholder that uses the ATCW system, would you be interested in using the services of a Traditional Owner who was on a list of DELWP registered shooters to control wildlife on your property?
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4.2. Do you support the suggestion that Traditional Owners could access wildlife controlled under ATCWs for cultural purposes? (e.g. use of skins, bones, feathers or meat).
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Theme 5 - Information provision

5.1. Do you have any concerns with the provision of information about the ATCW system that was not identified in the discussion paper?
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5.2. Do you support the suggestion that DELWP should require ATCW holders to notify neighbours when control will occur?
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5.3. Do you think the information provided about the ATCW system on the DELWP website is adequate?
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5.4. Do you have difficulty finding ATCW information on the DELWP website?
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5.5. Do you support the suggestion that DELWP should provide more information on non-lethal control methods on the website?
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5.6. Do you support the suggestion that in areas where there are differing views about wildlife issues and the need for control, that DELWP should encourage meetings between all stakeholders to discuss the issues and the approach?
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5.7. Do you support the suggestion that DELWP should work with landholders to encourage a strategic, coordinated wildlife management approach in areas where ongoing wildlife issues are being experienced across a number of properties in an area?
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