Wildlife Regulations Review

​​Public consultation has now started for the: 
  • Draft Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2021 
  • Draft Nature Conservation (Deer Farming) Regulations 2021​
Submissions close on 30 September 2021

All Tasmanians are invited to have their say on the Draft Regulations during this period.

More information about the review process, the proposed changes, copies of the Draft Regulations, and details on how to make a submission can be found on our public consultation page, and in our Frequently Asked Questions Document:

Why are the Regulations being remade?

It is a legal requirement that the Regulations made under the authority of the Nature Conservation Act 2002 are reviewed and remade every 10 years. That process is now due and is being conducted by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (the Department). 

The Regulations provide for the protection and management of wildlife in Tasmania. 
More specifically they regulate the: 
  • taking
  • possession and trading of wildlife and wildlife products
  • hunting
  • wildlife exhibition and display
  • deer farming
There are three sets of Regulations, which are due to expire on 30 November 2021 (was 30 November 2020)*
The remaking of the Regulations has provided an important opportunity to review the workings of the current regulations, explore options for improvements, and consider the scope for accommodating any emerging or future regulatory needs.

What is ha​ppening now?

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Phase 3 Public Consu​​ltation (1 September - 30 ​September 2021)

We have developed two new draft regulations, which are based on the information and advice provided during the review process (Phase 1). 

These draft regulations are available for public comment, with the consultation closing on 30 September. 

The feedback received will inform the final regulations. ​

What has already been completed?​

Phase 1: Review of existing Regulations 2019 - October 2020 

The review of the regulations has considered the rules we have, how well they are working and how they may need to change to work more effectively.

We have engaged with industry experts and advocacy groups to seek their advice; examined existing practices for regulatory consistency and identified a range of common-sense improvements.

We have used the advice provided, and examples from other Australian jurisdictions, to form the basis of new Regulations.

Phase 2: Drafting​ of new Regulations for further consultation (October 2020 – August 2021)

The results of Phase 1 have been used to develop two new Draft Regulations for public consultation. 

What happens ​​next?

All public consultation submissions received by 30 September will be considered, and their contents will be used to inform the final Regulations.

The new regulations will then be formally approved and come into effect when gazetted (before 1 December 2021).

Review scope

In order to meet the statutory requirements of the review, some matters were determined to be outside the scope of this process. These included: 
  • Amendments to the Nature Conservation Act 2002
  • Development of or amendments to associated Codes of Practice, Guidelines and/or Management Plans

Also outside the scope of the review are issues that are managed through related but separate pieces of legislation including (but not limited to):
  • Threatened Species Protection Act 1995
  • Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995
  • Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994
  • Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975, Primary Produce Safety Act 2011
  • Animal Welfare Act 1993
  • Crown Lands Act 1976, and
  • National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002

Wha​t is wildlife?

Under the Nature Conservation Act 2002, wildlife means any living creature other than:
  • a dog or cat
  • domestic stock
  • fish, within the meaning of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995
  • any farmed emu.

*The COVID-19 Pandemic disrupted the review project which meant that the review and remaking of the Wildlife Regulations were unlikely to be completed prior to the expiration of the Regulations'. In response, the expiry of the Regulations were extended by 12 months under Section 25 of the COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 to allow for adequate stakeholder consultation. 


Natural Heritage Policy
Natural and Cultural Heritage Division
Email: NaturalHeritage.Policy@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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