Waterfowl Identification Testing

​​​​Applicants who wish to obtain a licence to shoot wild duck must first pass a Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT) administered by an Officer from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE).  Successful applicants are issued with a Certificate of Proficiency detailing a WIT Number.

It is necessary for applicants to pass the test once only (just like a drivers licence) and present their Certificate of Proficiency on the first occasion a wild duck game licence is applied for at a Service Tasmania Shop. Applications for wild duck game licenses can also be made online or via the post.

Pre Test Study

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) Officers will administer the test, which is conducted in English and consists of video clips of waterbirds filmed in the field.  You must bring proof of your identity to the test (e.g. firearms licence, driving licence).  As each video clip is shown, the applicant must mark a multiple choice "Test Answer Sheet" indicating both the species of the bird, and whether it is a game species or a non-game species. Applicants sitting their WIT in Tasmania, will be marked based on the game and non-game status of wild ducks in Tasmania, as per the Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010. Test papers are not marked on the same day, but are forwarded by the DPIPWE Officer to an independent agency that will inform you privately of the results of the test.

Applicants are advised to study the DVD Duck WISE (Waterfowl Identification, Safety and Effective and Efficient Hunting) to learn the key identification features of ducks found in Southeast Australia (game and non-game) and common waterbird species. Whilst game bird identification is a key feature of this DVD, further information regarding firearm safety and shotgun education has been included for the purposes of promoting responsible hunting and shotgunning skills. There is no charge for the Duck WISE DVD and copies can be obtained by contacting a Game Management Officer.

The WIT Test is based on Tasmanian legislation and focus' on waterfowl identification only. There are 5 game bird species that can be hunted in Tasmania during our open season. They are the pacific black duck, mountain duck, chestnut teal, grey teal and the wood duck. For the purpose of this test, all other waterfowl species are deemed non game.

For hunters wishing to test their waterfowl identification skills prior to sitting the real Waterfowl Identification Test, a Practice Test  has been developed. This practice test can be found at Waterfowl Identification Practice Test (18 MB) and Waterfowl Identification practice answer sheet.

Application Procedure

Applicants will need to complete an application form for sitting the Waterfowl Identification Test and forward their application to DPIPWE, details are on the form. This includes applicants from King and Flinders Island. Applicants are encouraged to book in early.

Depending on the correct identification of freckled duck, two types of certificates can be issued to a Tasmanian hunter.  One recognises only Tasmanian game and non-game species, and is all that is required for the issue of a Tasmanian wild duck game licence. This certificate details a "T" grade. The second Certificate recognises all species which are likely to be seen in South Eastern Australia and this Certificate will not only be accepted in Tasmania, but it will also be recognised in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

If you fail the test, you will have to attend another test session and pay the test fee again.


  Waterfowl Identification Test Application Form   (388Kb)​


Proposed Test Dates

  Launceston Hobart Burnie

17 February 2018

18 February 2018

18 February 2018


Individual Testing Sessions are available all year round. They are held at the DPIPWE Launceston and New Town Offices, as well as on King and Flinders Islands.    

Please note: WIT Applications need to be forwarded to the DPIPWE address on the application form and as listed below.

Wildlife Management Branch
Waterfowl Identification Test Applications
134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Fax: 03 6173 0253
Email: wildlife.reception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

For further enquiries regarding Waterfowl Identification Testing please contact:

Matt Byrne - WIT Coordinator
Phone: 0429 408 103


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