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