Enforcement activities

Our regional compliance activities across Victoria include providing advice to the public on how to comply with Victorian laws, regular patrols, monitoring of permit holders to make sure they abide by licence conditions and investigating reports of alleged wildlife crime.

Severe penalties exist under Federal and State laws for wildlife offences. These reflect the detrimental impact of illegal activities on our environment, wildlife welfare and endangered species.

The value of the Commonwealth penalty unit effective from 1 July 2017 is $210. This unit value will automatically increase in line with the consumer price index every three years after. The value of a penalty unit under Victorian legislation is set by the Department of Treasury and Finance and is updated on July 1 each year. The current value of a penalty unit is $161.19 (as at July 2018).

Current penalties include:

Penalties under Federal and State legislation for wildlife offences.

Offence

Maximum penalty

2018/19 penalty unit amount

Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Importing of regulated live specimens without authorisation (Commonwealth legislation)

1,000 penalty units or 10 years imprisonment, or both

$210,000

Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994

Import, keep or sell a prohibited pest animal without authorisation

480 penalty units

$77,371.20

Wildlife Act 1975

Possess, breed, trade or display threatened wildlife without authorisation

240 penalty units or 24 months imprisonment, or both the fine and imprisonment and an additional penalty of 20 penalty units per head of wildlife

$38,685.60

$3,223.80 per head of wildlife

Possess, breed, trade or display protected wildlife without authorisation

50 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment, or both the fine and imprisonment and an additional penalty of 5 penalty units per head of wildlife

$8,059.50

$805.95 per head of wildlife

Hunt, take or destroy threatened wildlife without an authorisation

240 penalty units or 24 months imprisonment, or both; and

20 penalty units per head of wildlife

$38,685.60

$3,223.80 per head of wildlife

Hunt, take or destroy protected wildlife without an authorisation

50 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment, or both; and

5 penalty units per head of wildlife

$8,059.50

$805.95 per head of wildlife

Failure to comply with the conditions of an authorisation

50 penalty units

$8,059.50

Use of prohibited equipment (e.g. traps) without an authorisation

25 penalty units

$4,029.75

Use of poisons without an authorisation

100 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment

$16,119.00

Disturbing protected wildlife without an authorisation

20 penalty units

$3,223.80

Providing false information in connection with an application for an authorisation

120 penalty units

$19,342.80

Using a gun, bow or other weapon to take wildlife without an authorisation

50 penalty units

$8,059.50

Using a firearm from a motor vehicle, boat or other vehicle in order to take wildlife, without an authorisation

50 penalty units

$8,059.50

Prosecutions

DELWP has achieved significant success with major investigations and prosecutions of environmental offences in recent years.

Compliance cases also regularly go through the magistrate's court system. Infringement notices and fines are also issued for minor offences.

Report environment, wildlife and forestry crime to 136 186 or email customer.service@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 18/10/2018