Testing details

Do I need to sit the Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT)?

Any hunter wishing to hunt game duck in Victoria must have a Game Licence that authorises the hunting of duck. This applies to all Victorian and interstate hunters.

Prior to applying for a Game Licence to hunt game ducks, you need to pass the Waterfowl Identification Test. All applicants must be at least 10 years of age.

The following document provides information on the test format, how to apply for the test and other important information on the test program.

Why do I need to sit the test?

The requirement to pass the WIT ensures that only those hunters able to demonstrate adequate waterfowl identification skills are permitted to hunt game ducks in Victoria. This assists in reducing the number of protected non-game species shot by duck hunters each year.

Since the introduction of the WIT in 1990 and ongoing hunter education by the GMA, its predecessors and hunting organisations, the number of protected non-game birds shot by duck hunters each year has decreased significantly.

How much does it cost to sit the Waterfowl Identification Test?

The cost to sit the WIT as at 1 July 2017 is $31.20. Hunters should allow up to a 10 working days for results to be received by mail.

What does the test involve?

The test consists of 22 multiple-choice questions. The test is viewed on a TV screen and the exact procedure is explained by an example prior to the actual test. A species of waterfowl is viewed for approximately five seconds and hunters have more than 20 seconds to select an answer and prepare for the next question.

The test examines a hunter's ability to identify the species of waterfowl and determine whether or not they may be hunted. The only writing required is the hunter's name and current address. Hunters need to bring some sort of identification bearing their photograph to the test session.

Hunters who pass the test receive a Certificate of Proficiency.

May the Waterfowl Identification Test be taken in any languages other than English?

The test is in English only, as the translation of waterfowl names is not possible. A person must be able to recognise each species by sight, and know its common name. An interpreter, who is not a duck hunter, may be used to assist those who have difficulty with English.

What do the Waterfowl Identification Test grades mean?

Test results are graded purely for each person's interest. The only grade necessary for a certificate of proficiency in waterfowl identification is a pass. A score of 75% or above constitutes a pass, provided that the applicant also identifies at least one of the Freckled Duck sequences correctly.

Does the WIT need to be done each time a Game Licence is renewed?

The WIT only needs to be completed once. Hunters renewing an existing Game Licence and who have successfully completed the WIT are not required to pass the test again, unless a court so determines. This may happen if a hunter is convicted of shooting non-game birds.

How do I apply for a test?

You must make a booking and pay the test fee before you can sit the WIT.

Payments can be made online via credit card by clicking on the relevant link on our booking calendar - book here.

If you want to pay by cheque or money order please complete the form below and send it along with your payment to GMA, Accounts Receivable, GPO Box 4509, Melbourne Vic 3001.

Waterfowl Identification Test Booking Form

If you are mailing in a cheque or money order, you should include your address, contact details and your preferred test dates, location and time. Including more than one preferred session will ensure we can book you into another session if your preferred session is booked out. We will send you a letter or give you a call confirming which test session you have been booked into.

Due to minimum requirements for ensuring participants can all see the test, there is a maximum number of people that can be booked for each session depending on the venue. If a training location has more than one session on the same day, all bookings will be taken for the earliest session. When the first session is fully booked, all subsequent bookings will be added to the remaining session. For example we can't book you into a 7.00pm test session if all the 6.00pm bookings have not been filled.

Please note GMA reserves the right to cancel a test session if there are insufficient attendees booked in for that session. GMA will contact affected individuals and discuss another session that may suit or organise a refund of the test fee amount.

Statewide locations for WIT testing

Game Management Authority offers the following locations for hunters to sit Waterfowl Identification Tests for the 2018 duck season:

RegionTest locationAddress
MelbourneMelbourne1 Spring St, Melbourne
MelbourneMornington4 Archer Dr, Mornington
MelbourneAttwood475 Mickleham Rd, Attwood
North-WestSwan Hill324 Campbell St, Swan Hill
North-EastWodonga1 McKoy St, Wodonga
Central VictoriaAlexandra46 Aitken Street, Alexandra
South-WestWarrnambool703-709 Raglan Pd, Warrnambool
South-WestHorsham110 Natimuk Rd, Horsham
South-WestBallarat402-406 Mair St, Ballarat
South-WestHamilton915 Mt Napier Rd, Hamilton
GippslandTraralgon71 Hotham St, Traralgon
GippslandBairnsdale574 Main St, Bairnsdale

Non-GMA testing options

In addition, hunters may wish to undertake their Waterfowl Identification Test following attendance at a Field and Game Australia Inc. training session. Booking information for Field and Game Australia Inc. sessions can be found at www.fga.net.au

What educational material is available?

It is advisable that applicants study before the test, otherwise you will not be able to pass the WIT, unless you are very familiar with Victoria's waterfowl species.

The best way to prepare for the test is to view the Duck Wise education video for free which can be found on GMA's website.

Once you feel you are confident in identifying waterbirds you should complete the free online practice test which allows you to familiarise yourself with the testing procedure.

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WIT Booking form (MS Word Document - 151.0 KB)