Experts To Lead Independent Review Of Wildlife Act

Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP is encouraging all Victorians to have their say on an expert review
of Victoria’s Wildlife Act 1975.

An expert advisory panel appointed by the Andrews Labor Government is embarking on a comprehensive
review of the Act to ensure it is up to date with community standards, contemporary issues and policy

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced a full review of the
Wildlife Act 1975 – the first since it was enacted 46 years ago.

As part of the review, the community is encouraged to offer comment on the Act as it is now and make
suggestions to help shape its future.

The review will consider Victoria’s Wildlife Act against similar legislation interstate and internationally to
ensure it provides a best practice regulatory framework and ensure any future Act includes all the necessary
powers to punish and deter wildlife crime and protect Victoria’s wildlife.

James Merlino MP said the community and interested stakeholders can contribute to the review online via
Engage Victoria by reading the panel’s issues paper and providing comments around specific issues or
providing a written submission.

The Panel will also work with Traditional Owners on issues related to self-determination, and will seek input
from key interest groups, government bodies and relevant experts.

Consultation is open via the Engage Victoria website: The Independent Review of Victoria’s Wildlife Act 1975 | Engage Victoria and closes June 9.

For further information about the review of the Wildlife Act 1975 go to:
Review of the Wildlife Act 1975

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP

“The world has changed since the Wildlife Act became law in 1975, and this independent review will help
ensure an updated Act reflects community views.”

“The four members of the expert advisory panel examining the Wildlife Act 1975 have extensive experience in
their fields and are keen to hear a range of views from stakeholders and the community as they consider
reform of the Act.”

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