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.