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 Outcomes 2019-23

The DPI Game Licensing Unit (GLU) regulates hunting throughout NSW under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002. GLU uses a mix of activities to encourage participation and voluntary compliance with hunting rules, such as hunter education, setting standards and supporting hunters to comply.

The 2019-23 GLU plan sets out two outcomes that guide regulated hunting activities:

  1. A stronger contribution from hunting to the NSW community and economy
  2. Safe and responsible hunting in NSW

Results 2019-20

In 2019-20 GLU activities in support of our objectives achieved the following results.

Game Licensing Unit's Regulatory Results for 2019 and 2020

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.