Waterfowl Identification Testing

​​​​​​​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.​

Pre-Test Study

Applicants are advised to study the Duck WISE (Waterfowl Identification, Safety and Effective and Efficient Hunting) video produced by Victoria's Game Management Authority​ 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 video, further information regarding firearm safety and shotgun education has been included for the purposes of promoting responsible hunting and shotgunning skills. The Duck WISE video is available in DVD format and copies can be obtained free of charge by contacting a Game Management Officer. The Duck WISE video is also available on YouTube:




Duck WISE video is produced by the Game Management Authority of Victoria

The WIT Test is based on Tasmanian legislation and focuses 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 video is produced by the Game Management Authority of Victoria

 ​   Waterfowl Identification Practice Test - Answer sheet  (162Kb)

Application Procedure 

Applicants will need to complete an application form for sitting the Waterfowl Identification Test. Once complete, present the application form to any Service Tasmania Centre together with your payment. 

The cost to sit the test is currently $45. Please note that this is non-refundable if you do not pass or fail to present at the appointed testing place and time.

Once the application has been received, the WIT Coordinator will arrange a Waterfowl Identification Test time. Retain you receipt and present it at your Waterfowl Identification Test time along with Evidence of Identity (e.g. Driver's Licence, Firearms Licence). Applicants are encouraged to book in early.

​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.    

  Waterfowl Identification Test Application Form   (388Kb)​

​For further enquiries regarding Waterfowl Identification Testing please contact:
Ellen Freeman
Wildlife Management Officer
Phone:  (03) 6777 2084
Phone:  0439 736 314
Email:  Ellen.Freeman@dpipwe.tas.gov.au


PO Box 46
Kings Meadows TAS 7249
Phone: 1300 292 292
Fax: (03) 6777 5100
Email: farmpoint@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
Website: http://farmpoint.tas.gov.au

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