The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is encouraging regional Victorians to contribute to the ongoing review of the Authority to Control Wildlife (ATCW) system.

DELWP Acting Executive Director Biodiversity Division James Todd said: “We’re currently reviewing the ACTW system to see how we can improve the balance between human safety, protecting our agricultural sectors and maintaining an appropriate level of wildlife control.”

“This presents an important opportunity for anyone in Victoria who uses an ATCW to tell us how we can improve on important aspects of the current system, such as application procedures, decision making processes, compliance monitoring and enforcement, Traditional Owner involvement and information provision to improve the system,” Mr Todd said.

“Importantly, DELWP does not have a plan to restrict the rehabilitation of overabundant species.”

“The idea to restrict the rehabilitation of overabundant species was raised by some community members during initial stakeholder consultation for the review of the ATCW system, however, restricting rehabilitation of overabundant species is outside the scope of the ATCW review and not under consideration.”

“This is first and foremost a stakeholder driven review, and the feedback we get will shape any proposed reforms after the review process.”

An ATCW permits the control of wildlife that is damaging property, farmland or habitat, or posing a risk to the safety of people. An ATCW is required to scare, trap, move or destroy wildlife.  

“While we think the current ACTW system considers the needs of wildlife, people and the environment, we know there’s room to improve,” Mr Todd said.

“This review is an action under the Victorian Government’s Living with Wildlife Action Plan, which was announced on the 30 April 2018. The Action Plan aims to secure the health and improve the management of Victoria’s native wildlife, and help Victorians understand their roles and responsibilities in this space.”

Feedback from the consultation period will be collated and included in a set of recommendations for consideration by the Victorian Government later this year.

The public consultation period closes on 29 June 2018.

Interested parties participate in the review by reading the discussion paper and answering the questions on the ATCW review page on the Engage Victoria website: www.engage.vic.gov.au/atcwreview

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