Additional training for public land hunters

Hunting on public land in NSW has been risk assessed to international risk management standards in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2013.

The Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) is the land manager for NSW State forests and are responsible for reviews of the risk assessment. The 2013 public land hunting risk assessment is available for download from the FCNSW website.

As a result of the 2013 risk assessment review, NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence) holders must meet additional requirements before being eligible to hunt on public land in NSW:

  • hunters must carry an operational Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled device at all times when hunting. State forest downloads must be uploaded to the GPS device.
  • hunters must complete two new online education modules covering outdoor navigation and hunting written permission conditions.

These are in addition to existing controls such as understanding and carrying Written Permission issued by the DPI Game Licensing Unit and the mandatory requirement to wear an item of blaze orange on the upper body.

Education modules

Hunters need to complete two new education modules before they will be allowed to book a hunt on public land.

The modules are accessed by logging into the online services portal and following the instructions.

You will need your R-Licence number and security PIN to access the online hunt booking system. Contact the Game Licensing Unit on 02 6391 3750 if you require your security PIN. This information cannot be provided by email.

Course information

Click on the name of the course for to view a sample PDF of the course content.

These are not the online modules. You must login to the online services portal using your licence number and security pin to complete the assessments.

ModuleSectionsAssessmentPass mark
Outdoor navigation
  • Mapping skills
  • Using a map and compass
  • Using a GPS
Four questions per section, randomly selected (total 12).Minimum of three correct answers out of four, per section (75%).
Written permissions
  • Legislative basis and important aspects of written permissions
Four questions, randomly selected (total 4).Minimum of three correct answers out of four (75%).

You can access and attempt the module assessments up to three times in 24 hours. You will only need to successfully complete these modules once.

Assessment

You will be assessed on the additional education modules after you work through them on the online services portal.

GPS compulsory

Instructions on downloading GPS files to your device 

Hunters must now carry an operational GPS enabled device when hunting on State forests. This will be a general condition on the written permission that must be agreed to when signing.

Each hunter:

  • must have their own GPS device. Groups of hunters cannot share a GPS device.
  • must have the GPS device in their possession at all times when hunting.
  • must ensure the GPS device can locate their position at any time when hunting. This does not require hunters to have their GPS on constantly, but to be able to turn it on and locate their position at any time.

The GPS must:

  • be able to display your location at all times when you are on the State forest specified in the written permission.
  • contain up-to-date data on State forest boundaries and exclusion zones – it's now compulsory to download GPS map data of the forest you have booked, just as it is compulsory for you to print in colour and sign the written permission.

GPS data downloads are available for:

  • GPS devices running MapSource.
  • Google Earth .kmz files for other suitable devices.
  • Smartphones with the PDF Maps (Avenza) application installed.
  • Magellan eXplorist 310, 510, 610 and 710 devices (.imi and .msd)

Other brands and devices may be added in the future.

You can access the GPS downloads on the online services portal. You will need your R-Licence number and security PIN to access the online hunt booking system. Contact the Game Licensing Unit on 02 6391 3750 if you require your security PIN. This information cannot be provided by email.

Instructions on downloading GPS files to your device are available.