Hunters who wish to obtain a game licence to take wild duck must first pass a Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT) administered by an Officer from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).
The test is conducted in English and consists of a series of short video clips of waterbirds filmed in the field. 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.
Depending on the test score achieved (out of a top score of 66), there are three particular pass types:
- To obtain a pass sufficient to be able to hunt in Victoria and South Australia (including New South Wales and Tasmania), all non-game birds must be correctly identified as well as obtaining a minimum score of 57.
- To obtain a pass sufficient to hunt in New South Wales (including Tasmania), one Freckled duck sequence must be correctly identified along with obtaining a minimum score of 50.
- To obtain a pass sufficient to hunt Tasmania only, a minimum score of 47 must be achieved.
If an applicant fails the test, another test session will need to be arranged and the test fee paid again.
Successful WIT applicants are issued with a Certificate of Proficiency detailing a WIT number, which then allows for that individual to purchase a game licence to take wild duck.
It is only necessary for hunters to pass a Waterfowl Identification Test once (just like a drivers licence) and to present their Certificate of Proficiency on the first occasion a wild duck game licence is applied for at a Service Tasmania outlet. Applications for wild duck game licences may also be made online or via the post.
Applicants are advised to study the DVD Duck WISE (Waterfowl
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 video is also available on YouTube:
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 and answer sheet are below.
Waterfowl Identification Practice Test - Answer sheet
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 Islands. Applicants are encouraged to book in early.
Waterfowl Identification Test Application Form
Individual Testing Sessions are available all year round. They are held at the DPIPWE Launceston and Hobart 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.
Game Services Tasmania
Waterfowl Identification Test Applications
1 Franklin Wharf
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3225
For further enquiries regarding Waterfowl Identification Testing please contact:
Matt Jones - WIT Coordinator
Phone: 0407 807 330