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 25 March 2024, the GMA received 147 illegal hunting reports from members of the community. Of these reports, 24 percent related to illegal spotlighting. Twelve percent of reports, respectively, related to firearm matters and general enquiries.

During this period, our Game Officers conducted 119 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.


Third quarter update (July 2023 to March 2024)

Activity

1 July 2023 - 25 March 2024

GMA led operations15

Multi-agency operations

Inclusive of partner agency-led operations with GMA support

17
Information reports generated454
Investigations opened45

Investigations concluded

Includes investigations opened prior to 1 July 2023

61
Warrants executed7

Investigations opened by theme 1 July 2023 - 25 March 2024

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

Investigation opened by theme - December 2023

Illegal hunting reports by theme 1 July - 25 March 2024

Illegal hunting reports by theme - December 2023

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

Annual enforcement overview

Activity2018-20192019-20202020-20212021-20222022-2023
Number of information reports generated2224548011081770
Official (written) warnings issued502433013
Warnings (non-infringeable offences)121041
Infringement notices issued as part of the GMA conducted enforcement operations279711811737
Banning notices issued60345
Court proceedings concluded20921412

Page last updated: 25 Mar 2024