Report environmental crime

We receive more than 300 calls each year from members of the public with information about environmental crimes.  These reports range from wildlife smuggling, keeping or selling native or exotic species without the relevant permit, and the removal of native plants and animals from the wild. You can help put a stop to people illegally removing, killing and trading animals from the wild. If you see something, say something.

Report environment, wildlife and forestry crime through Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000, or email us

Common offences

Victoria's wildlife is protected and it's an offence under the Wildlife Act 1975 to keep or trade in native species without the appropriate permit or licence. Common wildlife offences include the illegal import, keeping and sale of snakes, lizards, native birds and turtles to collectors.

Disease and safety risks

Illegal and uncontrolled ownership of exotic wildlife from overseas can place native wildlife and our environment at risk by potentially introducing unwanted high risk invasive species and diseases.

If overseas animals like boa constrictors, venomous species or red-eared slider turtles are accidentally or deliberately released into the bush, they could cause havoc with Victoria's biodiversity – killing or competing with our own native species for food.

Besides potentially spreading diseases to our native python population, they would also rely on hunting small native animals for food.


We manage wildlife management issues across Victoria, including issuing permits to keep or trade wildlife where appropriate. We also have legislative responsibility to ensure the appropriate use of public land and where appropriate, monitors and conducts enforcement activities where the alleged illegal use is negatively impacting on Victoria’s natural resources.

What is compliance?

‘Compliance’ is the delivery of our regulatory responsibilities. This involves education, enforcing legislation by responding to public information, initiating targeted operations in an attempt to reduce the frequency of the illegal activity, conducting investigations, issuing fines, revoking of licences and prosecuting cases through the courts. This deters and reduces illegal activities.

By working together with the Victorian community, we can reduce the impact of environmental crime to ensure future generations can enjoy our unique flora and fauna and other natural values.

DELWP Compliance

DELWP authorised officers work in close cooperation with other Government agencies including Victoria Police, Customs, Parks Victoria, the Environmental Protection Authority, Catchment Management Authorities and the Game Management Authority to investigate and prevent environmental crimes involving forestry, native wildlife and high risk invasive animals.

We also deliver targeted extension programs and education campaigns to improve community awareness and promote voluntary compliance.

Informative presentations, targeted communications campaigns, regular media coverage and intelligence gathering are integral to the success of our investigations and operations.

All this work is an important part of our compliance cycle.

Use of concealed cameras on public land for compliance activities

We use concealed camera technology on public land to gather evidence and information of people committing alleged offences under legislation administered by us. These offences include habitat destruction, firewood removal, illegal hunting activities, wildlife poaching, rubbish dumping and committing arson.

Concealed cameras installed on public land are done according to strict DELWP procedures and in accordance with the Surveillance Devices Act 1999. Cameras are only installed by authorised officers on public land where alleged offences have been detected. Images of a private nature not relevant to the alleged offences detected are destroyed.

What does DELWP's Intelligence and Investigations Unit do?

Page last updated: 03/02/20