Order in Council unprotecting the Dingo in certain circumstances

Any wild dog or dingo found on private land (or on public land adjacent to private land) has the potential to threaten livestock.

Dingoes are visually indistinguishable from wild dogs, making it impossible to ensure they are not inadvertently destroyed in wild dog control programs in any given area where both exist.

In Victoria, wild dogs are pest animals and can be legally controlled.

Find more information on wild dogs as pests.

However dingoes are listed as a threatened species under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. It is an offence under the Wildlife Act 1975 to take or kill protected wildlife without an authorisation to do so.

Unprotection of dingoes in certain circumstances

In order to allow the continued control of wild dogs and dingoes where they threaten livestock, an Order in Council was made on the 1 October 2010 under the Wildlife Act 1975 , declaring the dingo as unprotected wildlife in certain areas of the state.

The Order is in place to enable protection of livestock from wild dogs and dingoes on private land and along the boundaries of public land in some areas of the state, whilst also ensuring the conservation of the dingo on most public land.

On the 24 September 2013, an amendment to the original Order in Council was made to extend it for a further five years and remove an outdated section regarding perpetual leases on public land.

Further information on the Order:

Order in Council (PDF, 292.0 KB)
Order in Council (DOCX, 320.3 KB)

Dingo unprotection order amendment FAQ (PDF, 73.5 KB)
Dingo unprotection order amendment FAQ (DOCX, 22.9 KB)

More about dingoes

The dingo (Canis lupis-dingo) is the largest terrestrial predator in Australia.

Dingoes were introduced to Australia approximately 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. They are both culturally important to indigenous people and valued as an iconic Australian species.

Dingoes are thought to play an important role in the natural environment as a top-order predator by suppressing populations of large herbivores (e.g. kangaroos) and introduced mesopredators (medium sized exotic predators such as foxes) through direct predation or increased predation risk, harassment and competition for resources.

A Dingo Action Statement has been developed which sets out the priority conservation actions for the dingo in Victoria.

Find out about the Dingo Action Statement. (PDF, 1.6 MB)