The Game Management Authority (GMA) is an independent statutory authority responsible for the regulation of game hunting in Victoria. It delivers programs to improve and promote responsible hunting in Victoria. The GMA is responsible for:
- issuing Game Licences
- managing open and closed seasons for game species
- enforcing game hunting laws and taking action against those who do not hunt legally
- educating and informing hunters on how to hunt legally in Victoria.
The GMA has an important role in managing natural resources across Victoria addressing:
- the sustainable harvest of game species
- the humane treatment of animals that are hunted and used in game hunting
- minimising any negative impacts on non-game wildlife, including protected and threatened species
- the conservation of wildlife habitats.
GMA staff are located across Victoria to help oversee game hunting activities. Game Licences and information continue to be available from Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning offices, as well as through this website.
The GMA reports to the Minister for Agriculture.
Game hunting in Victoria meets community expectations as a sustainable and well-regulated activity based on science and conducted in a responsible manner.
We regulate through education, research and enforcement to achieve responsible and sustainable game hunting in Victoria.
Goal 1: Make evidence-based education a cornerstone of our work
Key result: The content and information used in educational programs is science and evidence based and game hunters’ compliance has improved because we have applied our understanding of hunter motivations and behaviours.
Goal 2: Understand the ecology and biology of game species and the impact of hunting on these species in order to achieve sustainability.
Key result: Hunting does not adversely affect the sustainability of native game species.
Goal 3: Be respected and recognised as an effective regulator.
Key result: All stakeholders clearly understand our role and the importance we bring to achieving sustainable and responsible game hunting.
Goal 4: Implement an effective risk-based compliance strategy.
Key result: We are able to accurately measure compliance, track it, and improve it through work across the compliance spectrum.
Goal 5: Increase our capability and expertise.
Key result: We have sufficient internal capability and capacity to achieve effective regulation and the provision of reliable advice to Government.
Our work is made stronger by the values that guide it.
- We respect each other – and the commitment of all our stakeholders to their work and their causes. This value is evident in the quality and diversity of our relationships with each other and with our stakeholders.
- We act with integrity, courage and transparency by focusing tightly on our role as an impartial, predictable regulator on behalf of all Victorians.
- We value expertise and advice based on sound science and direct experience.
- We are always open to learning from and engaging with our stakeholders.
- We aspire to excellence in our behaviour, our work and our outputs.
In addition to its core regulatory role, the GMA performs a range of other functions, including:
- working with public land managers to improve the management of State Game Reserves and other public land where hunting is permitted
- monitoring, conducting research and analysing the environmental, social and economic impacts of game hunting and management
- working closely with partner agencies, such as the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria Police and Parks Victoria
- making recommendations to relevant Ministers about game hunting and game management, the control of pest animals, declaring public land open and closed to game hunting, open and closed seasons and bag limits.
Responsibilities for game management and hunting in Victoria
The responsibility for hunting and game management is shared across a range of government departments and agencies. The following table outlines the roles and responsibilities of these organisations in game management in Victoria.
Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
Game Management Authority (GMA)
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS)
Victorian Environmental Water Holder
Rural Water Corporations
Catchment Management Authorities