Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT)

The Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT) assesses your ability to identify game and non-game bird species. Individuals must pass the WIT before they qualify for the NSW Native Game Bird Management Program, which allows volunteer hunters to assist landholders to manage the impacts of native game birds on their crops.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Game Licensing Unit (GLU) employees are accredited by the Victorian Game Management Authority (GMA) as WIT Supervisors, enabling them to deliver the WIT in NSW.

What are the benefits of completing the WIT?

  • Learn to distinguish between game and non-game native waterfowl species so you can positively identify your target every time.
  • Qualify for duck hunting programs in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, depending on your pass mark.
  • Assist private landholders to sustainably manage the impact of duck damage by taking part in the NSW Native Game Bird Management Program (if you also hold a NSW Game Hunting Licence).
  • Teach others about the importance of waterfowl identification and being a responsible game bird hunter.

Also, if you hold a NSW Game Hunting Licence, you are covered with $25-million third-party public liability insurance.

Expressions of interest

If you would like to attempt the WIT in NSW, you can register your interest with GLU using Form GB-W: Expression of Interest - Waterfowl Identification Test (PDF, 100.74 KB).

WIT assessments are scheduled when the minimum number of expressions of interest are met for different locations.

Victorian residents should contact the Game Management Authority on 136 186 or Field & Game Australia on 03 5799 0960 to undertake the WIT.

When a WIT is scheduled

When a WIT is scheduled in a region you expressed interest for, the GLU Wildlife Management Team will contact you with more information. They will invite you to register for the event and send you a free copy of Duck WISE (Waterfowl Identification, Safety, Effective and Efficient Hunting), the education video that the test is based on.


An upfront $40 administration fee is payable to confirm your place at the scheduled WIT. You will be asked to submit a registration form with payment details before your place is confirmed.

The administration fee is payable each time you register for a WIT and is not refundable if you fail to complete or do not pass the test.

Landowners, members of their household and employees, who hold a current Native Game Bird Management (Owner/Occupier) Licence, are not required to pay the $40 administration fee.

Preparing for the test

The WIT assesses your ability to identify game and non-game native duck species. The test is based on the first section of the Duck WISE education DVD.

  1. Study Duck WISE - You must be familiar with the first section covering waterfowl identification before attempting the test.
  2. Try the practice test - The Victorian Game Management Authority has a practice WIT available on their website.
  3. Take note of the diversity of waterbirds in your local area as these species may appear in the WIT.

Illiterate or non-English speaking candidates should identify themselves to the WIT Supervisor before attempting the WIT assessment.

Completing the test

  • The WIT consists of 22 multiple choice questions.
  • Before each question, you'll be shown a clip from Duck WISE showing waterfowl in flight.
  • The questions you are asked will relate to the footage shown - there will be plenty of time to select an answer after each question.
  • Pay special attention to any non-game species that may appear in the test.

Marking system

The WIT grade you receive determines the state/s in which you're able to hunt game birds.

ScoreGradeAllowed to hunt game birds in
66AANSW, Vic, SA & Tas
57 - 64PNSW, Vic, SA & Tas
50 plusNSW-TNSW & Tas
47 plusTTas only

After the test

  • Your WIT supervisor will collect your test answer sheets from you.
  • Answer sheets are sent to the Victorian GMA for official marking.
  • GMA sends out official WIT certificates to those who have been successful and notifies those who have not been.

Adding your WIT number to your licence

If you hold a NSW Game Hunting Licence and wish to take part in the NSW Native Game Bird Management Program, you need to ‘update’ your licence with your WIT number. Your program endorsement will occur more quickly if you provide a copy of your WIT certificate with your request.

New licence applicants may simply attach a copy of their certificate with their supporting documents.

Please allow 10 working days for verification if you only supply your WIT number as we must contact the Victorian GMA for confirmation.

Allow 20 working days for your NSW Game Hunting Licence card to be received. We will issue an interim licence if you have an email address which will allow you to access the online native game bird portal using your licence number and security pin.

More information

For all WIT related enquiries, contact the Game Licensing Unit Wildlife Management Support team on 02 6051 7772 or gamelicensing.southern@dpi.nsw.gov.au.