Wildlife Regulations Review

​Wildlife regulations due for review

The Wildlife Regulations that provide for the protection and management of wildlife in Tasmania are now due for review and remaking. The review is being run by the Natural and Cultural Heritage Division and AgriGrowth Tasmania within the Department of Primary Industries, Parks Water and Environment (the Department). 

The Wildlife Regulations are made under the Nature Conservation Act 2002. They regulate the taking, possession and trading of wildlife and wildlife products, hunting, wildlife exhibition and display, and deer farming. There are three Wildlife Regulations, which, by law, are due to expire on 30 November 2020:

This provides an important opportunity for us to review the workings of the current regulations, explore options for improvements, as well as to consider the scope for accommodating any emerging or future regulatory needs.

We acknowledge the wide-ranging diversity of stakeholder interest that exists across the matters managed by the Wildlife Regulations. Our staff are currently working with a broad range of specialists from within Government, industry and interest groups, to facilitate an information gathering phase of the review. All stakeholders and the broader Tasmanian community will have the opportunity to be involved and have their say when draft new Wildlife Regulations are provided for public consultation and comment in 2020. 


Next steps



There are four key phases to support the remaking of the Wildlife Regulations:

1. Review Regulations

Actions: Seek advice from industry and internal experts and interest groups on issues with current Wildlife Regulations, review existing practices for regulatory consistency and identify common-sense improvements

2. Draft Regulations

Actions: Draft new Wildlife Regulations in early 2020

3. Consult Community

Actions: Publicly release draft Wildlife Regulations for comment

4. Finalise Regulations

Actions: Incorporate community feedback into new Wildlife Regulations; table remade regulations in Parliament






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