The Member for Western Victoria will appreciate that the situation regarding
the coronavirus (COVID-19) is highly dynamic and impacts on all recreational
activities, including hunting.
In normal circumstances, the
Victorian hunting maps show where game and pest animal hunting is permitted on
public land in Victoria based on land classification. These can be accessed via
the More to Explore app, More to Explore online maps or web-based maps
available at www.gma.vic.gov.au. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and
Planning is the developer, owner and curator of these maps.
of the Sustainable Hunting Action Plan, the Government has replaced and
upgraded 360 new signs and information totems at 130 State Game
The status of land determines where hunting occurs.
Assessments inform what activities should be permitted on those lands. In
addition, the Firearms Act 1996 requires that firearms are not used in a
dangerous or unsafe manner and there are heavy penalties for those who fail to
comply. Duck hunting is a strictly monitored activity in Victoria and this
Government is committed to ensuring that hunting on public land is safe,
responsible and consistent with a wide range of other values and users.
The Victorian Government does not tolerate any activity contrary
to its commitment to safe, responsible and sustainable hunting by either
hunters or other members of the Victorian community.
current circumstances, public health is the priority of the government and the
community. Hunters and other community members can get accurate information,
updates and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Department of Health
and Human Services' website at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.