Game Bird Farmer Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a game bird farm for the purpose of breeding and selling birds for hunting. A game bird farm is a hunting range or reserve where hunters may hunt non-indigenous game birds that have been released on the property.

This applies to game bird farms where pheasants, partridges and European, Japanese or Californian quail are farmed for hunting. Indigenous birds, including game ducks and stubble quail must not be hunted on a game bird farm.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • if you are applying for a licence on behalf of a business or other corporate entity, nominate a person who will be responsible for the game bird farm
  • submit a completed application form
  • have a suitable property to house the wildlife, and be willing for these premises to be inspected prior to being issued a licence
  • ensure that you have obtained planning approval to use your property as a game bird farm, if required by your local council
  • have a clean criminal record, and have had a National Police Check issued in the past two years
  • be a person of good character
  • pay the prescribed fees.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Ongoing requirements

You must ensure that:

  • The area proposed for hunting is at least 100 hectares in size and is securely fenced to minimise the risk of escape of any game birds released for hunting.
  • Any person hunting wildlife on the premises is the holder of an appropriate and current Game Licence.
  • The hunting area of the premises will need to be under the direct and constant supervision of yourself or your licensed assistant at all times while any activity relating to hunting is taking place.
  • You do not undertake taxidermy at your premises.
  • You do not use game birds for promotional purposes at any places other than the premises specified in your licence.
  • Birds on your farm have been bred and raised in captivity.
  • You comply with the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals in Hunting, and the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals on Private Game Reserves Licensed to Hunt Game Birds.

All Commercial Wildlife Licences expire on 30 June each year. Renewal of a Commercial Wildlife Licence is conditional upon submission of a Return for Wildlife, which must be received by The Wildlife and Game Licence Service by April 14. Licence holders who meet this requirement will receive a renewal notice approximately 4-6 weeks before their licence expires on 30 June. Throughout the year you must maintain accurate and up to date records to assist in monitoring wildlife possession and trade..


One year or as otherwise indicated on the licence.


30 June.



Fees for 2016-17.

Renewal$685.80Fees for 2016-17.



Please lodge your application directly with the Agency. Do not attach payment as you will be invoiced for the fee if your application is approved.

You will need to attach to your form:

  • A copy of your National Police Check;
  • A copy of your Management Plan;
  • Documentary evidence of either Local Government planning approval or your exemption from this requirement;
  • Details of the wildlife that will be released for hunting; and
  • A plan of the total area of the premises, including details of all buildings and fences including enclosure design and specifications, materials to be used in construction, enclosure layout, holding pens, shelters, watering and feeding facilities and related equipment and any other relevant information.

Approval time

Six to eight weeks.

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Plants and Animals

Act(s) name

Wildlife Act 1975 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Wildlife Regulations 2013 (Victoria)

Contact details

Wildlife and Game Licensing
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Plants and Animals

Operating address:
8 Nicholson Street
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002
Mailing address:
PO Box 500
East Melbourne,Victoria,3002


13 61 86


03 9637 8475


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