DPI employs Compliance Officers to assist the community to comply with NSW game hunting laws. These officers are appointed as inspectors under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 (the Act).

NSW Police officers are also authorised inspectors under the Act.

Compliance Officers can provide information and advice related to game hunting laws. They also address illegal hunting through the enforcement of hunting laws to ensure hunting is conducted in a safe and responsible manner.

Game Licensing Unit Regulatory Priorities 2018-19

The DPI Game Licensing Unit (GLU) regulates hunting throughout NSW under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002. Regulatory priorities are reviewed annually, assisted by consultation with GLU's strategic partners and key industry and community stakeholders. The regulatory priorities are set in the context of NSW Government priorities, the Department of Primary Industries Strategic Plan and informed by an assessment of risks around hunting in NSW and their potential impact on regulatory outcomes and community safety.

Regulatory outcomes

The GLU has established three regulatory outcomes in response to new, existing or emerging risks around hunting in NSW. All GLU activities are designed to contribute to the following outcomes:

  1. Hunting is conducted safely and ethically to meet industry and community standards.
  2. Hunter access and participation is managed sustainably and contributes positively to the NSW community.
  3. Increased voluntary compliance with hunting regulations and reduced illegal hunting activity.

Priorities 2018-19

The GLU has 11 regulatory priorities for 2018-19 that align under each outcome.

  Enduring business plan priorities
Priority 1a More hunters are licensed and are exposed to license conditions and hunter safety and education material.
Priority 1b Hunting stakeholders have knowledge of hunting regulations in NSW.
Priority 2a Explore opportunities to expand regulated hunting access to enhance regional economies, assist landholders manage wildlife and achieve regulatory outcomes.
Priority 2b
and 2c
Increased participation in the NSW Native Game Bird Management Program and of hunters on public and private land.
Priority 3a Maintain compliance standards for hunting on public and private land in NSW.
Priority 3b Increased voluntary compliance and reduced illegal activity by all hunters.
  Reactive priorities
Priority 1cGuide, Commercial, Professional and Taxidermists
Develop education and awareness programs communicating to guide, commercial and professional licence holders and taxidermists their obligations.
Priority 2dSocial licence of hunting in NSW
Establish a social licence campaign for hunting in NSW to address the landholder and community perception of illegal hunters versus licensed and responsible hunters.
Priority 3cPublic land hunting education and awareness
Review the NSW Public Land Hunting Program and develop an education and awareness program to assist new and longer term users understand their obligations.
Priority 3dNSW Illegal hunting survey
Implement an illegal hunting survey to assist the GLU and partner agencies understand the temporal and spatial distribution of illegal hunting in NSW.

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Hunting in State forests

DPI works closely with the NSW Police, the Forestry Corporation of NSW and local communities to combat illegal hunting in NSW State forests. The Game Licensing Unit utilises a range of activities and resources to detect, monitor and address illegal hunting. Some of these activities include the use of surveillance cameras in State forests and joint operations with other agencies including Police.

Hunting on private land

DPI works closely with the NSW Police, private land managers and local communities to combat illegal hunting on private property. Illegal hunting on private property creates anxiety, stress and safety issues for landowners and their families. It can disturb stock, which may lead to losses and fences and crops can be damaged.

What to expect when hunting

  • You may be stopped by an Inspector. An Inspector may not always wear a uniform, but they will always display their official identification to you.
  • If you are approached by an Inspector, you should make safe any firearm or other hunting equipment. This includes safely unloading any firearm and restraining any dog.
  • You may be asked to produce your Game Hunting Licence and if hunting with a firearm, your Firearms Licence. An Inspector may also seek to inspect any game animals you have harvested or have in your possession.
  • Inspectors may stop and search any vehicle or boat during their inspections. They may also seize any game or wildlife or any equipment that they believe is connected with a game hunting offence.

Game Licensing Unit regulatory and enforcement policies

Our approach to game hunting compliance is documented in two parts.

Our regulatory policy looks at how we will encourage voluntary compliance with game hunting laws and also how we will detect and deter illegal hunting on both public and private land.

Our enforcement policy details how we approach enforcement of game hunting laws to ensure fairness and consistency.