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  • Jason Regan

Next steps for Vic wildlife act reform

More than 1,000 submissions were made during the first round of public consultation on the review of the Victorian Wildlife Act.

In May 2020, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio appointed an independent Expert Advisory Panel to review the current Wildlife Act. This was part of a wider examination of Victoria’s legislative framework for managing biodiversity.

The panel will use the results of the consultation process and their own research to develop recommendations on reforming the act. The review is also considering whether the act recognises the interests and expertise of Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians.

From April to October this year, the Panel received 1,002 submissions, including 134 from organisations and 868 from individuals with an interest in wildlife. Issues raised during the consultation included protecting wildlife habitat, commercial

interests in wildlife and wildlife products, hunting of wildlife, and compliance and enforcement.

Panel Chair Dr Deborah Peterson thank all Victorians who made submissions during the consultation process

“Victorians in their thousands have responded to this timely review, demonstrating their care and connection with the wildlife of our beautiful state,” Dr Peterson said.
“These extensive consultations provide a sound platform for the government’s review of the Wildlife Act.
“It has been encouraging to see the level of community and stakeholder engagement in the consultation with the goal of delivering a modernised Act.”

The government will consider its recommendations before releasing a draft Directions Paper together with the Panel report in early 2022. Following further consultation, it is expected a final Directions Paper will be released mid-2022.


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