The Game Management Authority’s new game licensing system, which is currently in development, has been praised as a more efficient solution to getting people out hunting.
“It’s good news for Victoria’s hunters,” said SSAA Victoria’s Hunting Development Manager David Laird.
“A more streamlined online system should make the whole process of getting a game licence quicker and more efficient.
“It should also make the administrative burden of updating personal details significantly easier. There should also be efficiency gains from the new system that should lead to cost savings.
“The Association would expect any savings to be reinvested into game management projects.”
SSAA Victoria was involved in initial consultation in July last year and expects to have continued input into the development of the system during the next 12 months before it goes live to ensure the end product meets hunters’ needs.
GMA CEO Graeme Ford said Victoria’s 55,000 existing licensed game hunters and any new applicants will find the new improved digital system to be more efficient, informative and easier to use.
“Developed in consultation with Victorian hunting groups and individual game hunters, the new Game Licensing System will be Victoria’s improved one stop shop for all hunters and their game licensing needs,” Mr Ford said.
“It will allow people to submit Game Licence applications quickly and easily using online digital forms and will give licence holders the opportunity to view and amend their own licence details, anywhere, anytime and from any device.
“The new features of the system will allow hunters to directly book in hunting tests and check availability, transfer hound ownership more easily, change their address details, and report and record their game harvest totals in their own licence profile.
“Hunters will also have better access to important licence information and will be able to receive vital email, SMS and push notifications regarding seasonal arrangements about the game species they are licenced to hunt.”
The new Game Licensing System is set to be available to hunters in 12-18 months.
Anyone hunting game in Victoria must hold a current Game Licence. A range of licence types are available, depending on the requirements of the individual hunter.
The new Game Licensing System is part of the Victorian Government’s Sustainable Hunting Action Plan to ensure hunting remains safe, responsible and sustainable for future generations.