DELWP is the lead agency for managing wildlife welfare arising from bushfire

The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) is the lead agency for managing wildlife welfare arising from bushfire.

DELWP has qualified Wildlife Assessment Teams that are deployed to fire-affected areas, to undertake wildlife assessments when it is safe to do so. Injured wildlife are either be monitored, euthanised or, if practical and safe to do so, captured for further assessment by a veterinarian.

At times, members of the community may take injured wildlife to their local vet.  Should you receive any wildlife that appears to have been impacted by fire:

  • assess the animal for burns or other injuries and arrange treatment or humanely euthanise injured animals as appropriate
  • for wildlife that can be rehabilitated, wildlife can be transferred to an authorised wildlife shelter or foster carer.  Contact Wildlife Victoria on (03) 8400 7300 for assistance for wildlife shelters in your area.
  • Should you receive any wildlife listed under Victoria's Flora and Guarantee Act, please contact DELWP for further advice prior to treatment.  View the current list of threatened fauna.

Page last updated: 03/08/20