Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals on Private Game Reserves Licensed to Hunt Game Birds - Victoria


You will require this code if you own a game reserve or keep animals for the purpose of hunting game birds. The code aims to prevent the cruelty of introduced game birds reared for the specific purpose of hunting on private game reserves. It defines the type of animals that may be used to assist gamekeepers and hunters, and the acceptable method in which these animals may be used. This code also provides information on rearing fit and healthy birds for the purpose of hunting, as well as what type of animals may be used to assist in hunting game birds and advice on firearms.

By complying with this code of practice you may be able to demonstrate that you have met your legal responsibilities. It may be a defence to a charge of animal cruelty that you have complied with this code of practice.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 VIC

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources


Contact details

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Licensing Officer


Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Operating address: 475 Mickleham Road
Attwood, Victoria 3049
Mailing address: PO Box 2500
Bendigo, Victoria
Phone: 03 9217 4200
Fax: 03 9217 4416
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