Cape Schanck kangaroos updated statement

Victorian native wildlife is protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and it is illegal to disturb or destroy wildlife without the appropriate authorisation.

Friday, 11 March 2022 at 1:00 am

The Wildlife Act recognises that sometimes there will be a need to manage wildlife populations to minimise damage to property, farmland or the environment.

An Authority to Control Wildlife (ATCW) is required to be obtained from the Conservation Regulator to undertake management activity that will disturb or destroy wildlife.

Many factors are examined when considering ATCW applications – there are no risk-free kangaroo management options.

The Conservation Regulator has determined not to issue an Authority to Control Wildlife (ATCW) at a Cape Schanck property.

The application sought approval for a combination of removing kangaroos from the property by herding them into the local environment and lethal control.

The herding of kangaroos presents risks to animal welfare as well as to the local community and environment. An application for a new ATCW can be made which identifies how these risks will be managed. All applications are assessed under the Wildlife Act 1975.

Last year, the Conservation Regulator issued an ATCW at the Cape Schanck property to lethally control a portion of the kangaroo population to reduce the damage being caused at the property. That ATCW has subsequently been cancelled.

Our website provides more information about ATCWs.

Conservation Regulator Victoria