The Wildlife Act 1975 sets the rules around how people interact with wildlife in Victoria. It hasn’t been reviewed since it became law more than 45 years ago. Since then, community values and expectations around wildlife have changed significantly.

In May 2020, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change announced a comprehensive review of the Wildlife Act. To inform the review, an independent expert advisory panel (the Panel), was appointed by the Minister. The Panel will prepare a report for the Minister with their recommendations by late 2021.

Meet the Panel

From regulation and public policy, to wildlife ethics and welfare, along with experience working closely with Traditional Owners, the Panel has expertise across a wide range of topics. The members of the Panel are:

Ms Jane Brockington (Chairperson)

Advising in regulation, governance, integrity and transformation, a non-executive director with expertise implementing reform and strategic reviews.

Dr Jack Pascoe

A Yuin man living in Gadabanut country with expertise in ecological research and experience working with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians.

Dr John Hellstrom ONZM

Expert in animal welfare and pivotal in development of New Zealand's biosecurity system. Past Chair of NZ National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.

Submissions have now closed

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback into the Wildlife Act Review.

Due to your efforts, we can now report that we have received over 1000 contributions (submissions and comments).

The Panel have prepared a Consultation Summary Report which summarises the feedback received during the consultation. The report can be downloaded from the Relevant Documents section above.

Next Steps

The Panel will review all feedback submitted and may be in touch with some of you to discuss specific aspects of your submission.

The Panel’s final report, including findings and recommendations, is due to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D ’Ambrosio by late 2021.

The Government will release the Panel’s report along with a response to the Panel’s recommendations, in the form of a draft Directions Paper for further public consultation via Engage Victoria in early 2022.

Engagement with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians

The Panel's engagement with Traditional Owner groups and representative bodies is continuing. The Panel would like to thank all Traditional Owners who are participating in the review for their time and contribution.

Once engagement between the Panel and Traditional Owner groups and representative bodies has concluded, the Government will continue to work with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians in the preparation of the government response contained in a draft Directions Paper.


Below are the publicly available submissions (confidential submissions are not included).

Submissions from Organisations

Submission_Hamilton Field Naturalist Club_w2
PDF (55.64 KB)
Submission_Friends of Lorne_w23
PDF (162.69 KB)
Submission_Environmental Farmers Network_w24
PDF (547.98 KB)


Below are the publicly available comments (confidential comments are not included).

Comments from Organisations

PDF (95.63 KB)
Comment_Friends of Bats and Bushcare_c146
PDF (106.04 KB)
Comment_No Balloon Release Australia_c171
PDF (92.45 KB)

Find out more

For more information, please visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.