Department of Primary Industries Hunting Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Game and Feral Animal Control (GFAC) Regulation 2012? 

The GFAC Regulation is the legislation that supports the regulatory framework for hunting in NSW, as set out in the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 No. 64 (the GFAC Act). The Act and Regulation work together to ensure human safety, animal welfare standards and protection for native animals are maintained during hunting activities.  This Regulation is also guided other legislation, such as the Firearms Act 1996, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 and the Biosecurity Act 2015

 Why is the Game and Feral Animal Control Regulation 2012 being remade?  

The Game and Feral Animal Control Regulation 2012 (the GFAC Regulation) is due for staged repeal on 1 September 2022. All regulations are subject to review within a required period.  A regulation that is due for staged repeal may be: 

  • allowed to lapse 
  • maintained and the staged repeal process postponed  
  • remade with or without amendments. 

The remake of this regulation requires the preparation of a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) and public consultation. The staged repeal of the GFAC Regulation has been postponed on five occasions to allow for the completion of reviews into the policy objectives of the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 (GFAC Act).  

What is a Regulatory Impact Statement? 

 A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS), prepared under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989, sets out the impact of changing, keeping or revoking a Regulation. The RIS also details the proposed legislative changes and how they would affect the regulatory environment. 

A RIS is required to include: 

  • a statement about objectives sought to be achieved and the reasons for them 
  • identification of alternative ways those objectives could be achieved 
  • assessment of the costs and benefits of the proposed Regulation, including in relation to resource allocation, administration and compliance 
  • assessment of the costs and benefits for each alternative option 
  • assessment of which option gives the greatest net benefit or least net cost to the community 
  • a statement of the consultation program to be undertaken. 

What is changing?

Proposed changes to the Game and Feral Animal Control Regulation 2012 (GFAC Regulation) are in the areas of: 

  • Licensing 
  • Wildlife management 
  • Public land hunting and licence conditions 
  • Hunting offences. 

Read a summary of changes to the GFAC Regulation
Read the Regulatory Impact Statement - https://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/78456/widgets/375803/documents/234953

Who has proposed these changes? 

DPI Hunting has worked with internal legal and policy units on the amendments.
The draft regulation was produced by the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office, who also proposed amendments regarding current best practice for subordinate legislation and the authority, or powers, prescribed in the Act. 
Many changes are the result of feedback received from hunting stakeholders. All changes were determined to make the regulatory environment safer and more productive for safe hunting, strong communities and a greater economic contribution from hunting.

When do I need to provide feedback? 

Your feedback must be submitted during the consultation period, and through an approved method, for it to be considered.
Consultation on the draft Regulation is open until 11.59pm Tuesday 12 July 2022.

How do I provide feedback? 

You can provide feedback by accessing the Have your say website [LINK] and choosing how you’d like to respond.
You can complete a quick poll, an online survey covering all the changes, or make a submission via email or post responding to the Regulatory Impact Statement. 
The Have your say website is available in multiple languages and is mobile-friendly. 
Feedback submitted through other channels, such as Facebook, cannot be considered following the consultation period.

What happens after the consultation period closes? 

Following the consultation period, all responses received across all channels will be collated and reviewed.
Where appropriate, the proposed Regulation will be amended.  
A report will be prepared and released indicating the types of feedback received and whether the draft Regulation was amended as a result.

What can I do if I have more questions? 

If you need more information, email DPI Hunting at hunting.stakeholders@dpi.nsw.gov.au