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 working in fire-affected areas to undertake wildlife assessments. DELWP has established Wildlife Triage Units at multiple locations within the Incident Management Team (IMT) structure. Initially, the wildlife response will consist of teams of DELWP and other agency staff in undertaking assessment of wildlife on the fire ground. These teams will assess wildlife for injuries and further resources will be deployed as required.

Injured wildlife will either be monitored, euthanised or, if practical and safe to do so, captured for further assessment by a veterinarian. Wildlife Triage Units are currently operating 9am - 6pm at the following 3 locations: 

  • Bairnsdale: 574 Main Street
  • Mallacoota: 1 Develling Drive  
  • Corryong: Church Hall, 54 Donaldson Street 
  • Additional Wildlife Triage Units will be deployed across Victoria in response to demand, based on advice from by the local Incident Control Centres (ICC). 

DELWP is aware that 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.

If you require specialist advice in caring for a threatened species, please contact wildlife.emergencies@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Vets interested in helping with the bushfire response can register their interest with the Victorian branch of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA).

Access and safety in and around fire-affected areas

  • Firegrounds are considered dangerous and access to these areas is restricted.
  • Even after a fire has passed, fire-affected trees pose a very high risk to human safety.
  • DELWP has qualified Wildlife Assessment Teams working in fire-affected areas to undertake wildlife assessment.
  • Only in certain situations, and where approved by the Incident Controller, will veterinary activities be undertaken on the fireground.
  • Be careful in areas around the fireground and access to roads may vary based on local weather conditions.

For current fire warnings and emergency, information visit Vic Emergency

For the latest information on road closures in fire-affected areas visit VicRoads

Page last updated: 20/01/20