Enforcement Outcomes

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 are also authorised to undertake enforcement actions relating to illegal hunting or hunting-related activities.

The table below details the key enforcement outputs by the GMA.

2022 -23 Compliance statistics mid-year update

From 1 July 2022 to 31 December 2022, the GMA received 99 illegal hunting reports from members of the community. Of these reports, 55 per cent related to illegal spotlighting and a further 15 per cent related to deer.

We conducted 12 enforcement operations with partner agencies across Victoria, of which eight were led by the GMA.

Operations were conducted in regional areas including, but not limited to: Jamieson, Don Valley, Tallangatta, Moe, Whitfield, Orbost, Allambee, Barmah, Whitfield, Lerderderg State Forest, Cheshunt, Dargo, Loch Sport, Mount Cole, Mansfield and Tolmie.

Our Game Officers conducted 104 proactive patrols based on intelligence and travelled a total of 126,336 kilometres across Victoria in the first six months of 2022-23. While on patrol, our Game Officers spoke with hunters, landowners, community groups and public land users.

Our Game Managers are also Authorised Officers and traveling around the state to conduct education and compliance activities.

Mid-year compliance statistics update


1 July – 31 December 2022
GMA led operations8

Multi-agency operations

Inclusive of partner agency-led operations with GMA support

Information reports generated361
Investigations opened32
Investigations concluded38

Key annual enforcement outputs by the GMA for the last five years

Number of information reports generated1072224548011081
Official (written) warnings issued155024330
Warnings (non-infringeable offences)012104
Infringement notices issued as part of the GMA conducted enforcement operations62797118117
Banning notices issued06034
Court proceedings concluded11209214

Page last updated: 09 Jan 2023