Working together with the wildlife welfare sector

In response to the 2019-20 bushfires, the Hon Minister for Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Solar homes convened a Wildlife Welfare Roundtable, funded by the Victorian Government’s $59 million Bushfire Biodiversity Response and Recovery program. Through this process, DELWP engaged broadly across the wildlife care and welfare sector to listen to the concerns from the 2019-20 season and implement changes to improve our response.

Since 1 July 2020, we have convened several Wildlife Welfare Roundtables to bring together parties from across the wildlife welfare sector including government, non-government and the not-for-profit sector.  This group have a shared aspiration to improve the outcomes for wildlife impacted by fire and have co-designed the Wildlife Welfare Bushfire Response 2020 Action Plan (PDF, 637.6 KB) to see these aspirations come to life.

We are committed to delivering evidence-based improvements to our standards and processes, enhanced communication and public engagement and establish better ways of working across the wildlife welfare sector.  You can track the progress against the Action plan below:

1. Resourcing and Preparedness

No.Action

Responsibility

Timeline

Status

Update

1.1

Confirmation of State Controller Wildlife role

Lead: DELWP

December 2020

Complete

 

1.2

Review and update the Victorian response plan for wildlife affected by fire

Lead: DELWP

November -December  2020

Complete

 

1.3

Incorporate Wildlife Welfare roles and training into DELWP’s emergency management systems

Lead: DELWP

November 2020

Delayed

Expected completion October 2021

1.4

Update and embed wildlife welfare information for pre-season briefings

Lead: DELWP
Support: ZV

November - December 2020

Complete

 

1.5

Emergency management exercises

Lead: DELWP
Support: All

November – December 2020

Complete

 

1.6

Building veterinary capacity

Lead: ZV
Support: AVA, DELWP, RSPCA, UoM

July 2020 -
June 2021

Complete

 

1.7

Online Wildlife Emergency Reporting Tool

Lead: DELWP

July 2020 – January 2021

Complete

 

2. Improved standards and processes

No.

Action

Responsibility

Timeline

Status

Update

2.1

Provision and coordination of veterinary services

Lead: ZV, DELWP  
Support: AVA, RSPCA

December 2020

Complete

 

2.2

Post-treatment release monitoring

Lead: ZV
Support: DELWP, PINP

November 2020 - March 2021

Complete

 

2.3

Finalise the Wildlife Rehabilitation Guidelines

Lead: DELWP, ZV
Support: OCR, WV

June 2021

Delayed

Expected completion late 2021

2.4

Streamline communication process

Lead: Communications working group

November 2020

Complete

 

3. Working together

No.

Action

Responsibility

Timeline

Status

Update

3.1

Convene a Wildlife Welfare Roundtable

Lead: DELWP

July 2020 – November 2020

Complete

 

3.2

Create a Wildlife Welfare Sector Liaison Role

Lead: DELWP

December 2020

Complete

 

4. Communication

No.

Action

Responsibility

Timeline

Status

Update

4.1

Annual report post-fire season

Lead: DELWP

April 2021

Complete

 

4.2

Strategy development

Lead: CWG

December 2020

Complete

 

4.3

Develop and promote key communication materials

Lead: CWG

November 2020 - February 2021

Ongoing

Products to be rolled out for 2021/22 fire season

4.4

Community research to inform communication strategies

Lead: ZV, UoM AWSC
Support: CWG

November 2020 - April 2021

Delayed

Preliminary analysis complete and awaiting final paper

Page last updated: 20/09/21