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 natural resource economics 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:

Dr Deborah Peterson (Chairperson)

An eminent agricultural, environmental and natural resource economist, with extensive experience working in both the private and public sectors.

Dr Jack Pascoe

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

Ms Jane Brockington

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

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).

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.

A Consultation Summary Report will be published on this site in October 2021 which will summarise what the Panel have heard from you during the consultation period.

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

To help shape the future of the Wildlife Act, Panel member Jack Pascoe is engaging with Traditional Owner groups to seek their views on whether the Act appropriately recognises and protects their rights and interests around access to Victorian wildlife, and their future aspirations.

The poster below has been created to support these conversations. If you would like to share your views on this important reform, please contact the Panel at wildlifeact.review@delwp.vic.gov.au.


Below are the publicly available submissions to date (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 to date (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.