The Waterfowl Identification Test 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.
Some NSW DPI staff are accredited as WIT Supervisors by the Victorian Game Management Authority (GMA), enabling them to deliver the WIT in NSW.
Also, if you hold a NSW Game Hunting Licence, you are covered with $25-million third-party public liability insurance.
If you live in NSW, Queensland or the Australian Capital Territory and would like to attempt the WIT, you can register your interest to DPI Hunting using Form GB-W: Expression of Interest - Waterfowl Identification Test (PDF, 152.89 KB).
WIT assessments are usually scheduled when the minimum number of expressions of interest are met for different locations.
Victorian residents should contact the Victorian GMA on 136 186 or Field & Game Australia on 03 5799 0960 to undertake the WIT.
When a WIT is scheduled in a region you expressed interest for, the Wildlife Management Support Team will contact you with more information. You will be invited 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.
Landholders, including members of their household and employees, who hold a current Native Game Bird Management (Owner/Occupier) Licence are not required to pay the administration fee.
Landholders are encouraged to contact DPI Hunting on email@example.com for more information about completing the online WIT.
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.
Candidates with language or learning difficulties should identify themselves to the WIT supervisor before attempting the assessment.
The WIT grade you receive determines the state/s or territory in which you're able to hunt game birds.
|Score||Grade||Allowed to hunt game birds in|
|66||AA||NSW, Vic, SA & Tas|
|57 - 64||P||NSW, Vic, SA & Tas|
|50 plus||NSW-T||NSW & Tas|
|47 plus||T||Tas only|
If you already hold a NSW General or Restricted Game Hunting Licence and wish to take part in the Native Game Bird Management Program, you can 'update' your licence by emailing your WIT number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For faster processing, please provide evidence of your WIT accreditation (such as a Victorian Game Licence card or MyGL record) with your email.
If no supporting evidence is supplied, please allow 10 working days for verification to be sought through GMA.
Allow 20 working days for new game hunting licence applications to be processed. You will receive an interim licence with your licence number and security PIN so you can access the Native game bird portal, part of online licence holder services. Interim licences are sent by email if you have provided a valid email address.
For all WIT related enquiries, contact the DPI Hunting Wildlife Management Support team at email@example.com.