Enforcement statistics

The GMA uses a range of sanctions to deter illegal behaviour within our remit of legislation, such as official warnings, infringement notices, prosecutions and licence suspensions and cancellations.

Any sanctions imposed as a result of court proceedings are at the discretion of the courts, not the GMA.

Other agencies such as Victoria Police, are also authorised to undertake enforcement actions relating to illegal hunting or hunting-related activities.

GMA enforcement actions are undertaken in accordance with our Compliance Strategy 2020 - 2025  with annual priorities set out in our Compliance (Education and Enforcement) Plan 2023 – 2024.

2023-24 statistics update

From 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024, the GMA received 261 illegal hunting reports from members of the community. Of these reports, twenty percent related to illegal spotlighting. Twelve percent of reports related to firearm matters and another twelve percent related to general deer enquiries.

During this period, our Game Officers conducted 678 proactive patrols based on intelligence. While on patrol, our Game Officers spoke with hunters, landowners, community groups and public land users.

Our Game Managers are also Authorised Officers and travel around the state to conduct education and engagement activities, in accordance with our Education Strategy 2020 – 2025.

Financial year update (1 July 2023 to 33 June 2024)


1 July 2023 - 30 June 2024

GMA led operations19

Multi-agency operations

Inclusive of partner agency-led operations with GMA support

Information reports generated662
Investigations opened112

Investigations concluded

Includes investigations opened prior to 1 July 2023

Warrants executed7

Investigations opened by theme 1 July 2023 - 30 June 2024

All investigations opened by the GMA involve game hunting related offences.

Illegal hunting reports by theme 1 July 2023 - 30 June 2024

Some reported themes are outside of the GMA’s remit.

Annual enforcement overview

Number of information reports generated2224548011081770662
Official (written) warnings issued502433013TBA
Warnings (non-infringeable offences)121041TBA
Infringement notices issued as part of the GMA conducted enforcement operations279711811737TBA
Banning notices issued6034522
Court proceedings concluded2092141210
Hunting and public safety laws

Page last updated: 09 Jul 2024