The Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT) assesses your ability to identify game and non-game bird species. Individuals must pass the WIT to qualify for the NSW Native Game Bird Management Program and hunt native game bird species.
The Victorian Game Management Authority (GMA), with help from NSW, South Australian and Tasmanian agencies, released an improved version of the WIT in 2014. GMA have accredited employees of the Game Licensing Unit to deliver the test in NSW.
If you would like to attempt the WIT in NSW, you can register your interest with the Game Licensing Unit using Form GB-W: Expression of Interest - Waterfowl Identification Test (PDF, 49.97 KB).
WIT assessments are scheduled as minimum numbers from Expressions of Interest forms are met in different locations.
Victorian residents should contact the Game Management Authority on 136 186 or Field & Game Australia on 03 5799 0960.
When a course is scheduled in the region that you expressed interest for, the Native Game Bird Support 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 registration for the WIT. You will be asked to submit a registration form with payment details be included in the scheduled assessment.
This fee is not refundable if you fail to complete or do not pass the test. It is payable each time you register for a WIT course.
The Native Game Bird Support Team will waive all normal fees associated with the WIT and a NSW Game Hunting Licence for landholders, members of their household and employees participating in the Native Game Bird Management Program (ie. those holding a current NGBM Licence).
The WIT will test you on your ability to identify game and non-game species which will be shown to you on a screen. The test is based on the first section of Duck WISE, an education video that will be sent to you by the Game Licensing Unit.
The video is in three sections:
You must study the waterfowl identification section as a minimum before attempting the WIT.
A practice test is available on the GMA website. We recommend that you attempt this practice test before undertaking the actual assessment.
Your WIT accreditation will be conducted by a WIT Supervisor. WIT Supervisors are accredited by the Game Management Authority (GMA) Victoria to facilitate you through the WIT assessment process.
Illiterate or non-English speaking candidates should identify themselves to the WIT Supervisor before attempting the WIT accreditation.