In May 2020, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change announced a comprehensive review of the Wildlife Act. To inform the review, an independent expert advisory panel was appointed by the Minister. The Panel will prepare a report for the Minister with their recommendations by the end of 2021. The Panel is calling on all members of the Victorian community to have their say on what changes to the Act are necessary to establish a modern, best practice regulatory framework for wildlife. By providing feedback, we can help inform recommendations for modernising the current Wildlife Act.
Submissions are now open. The VAC is currently compiling a submission, on behalf of Aviculture and affiliated clubs, that address all of the questions in the Issue Paper. However we are encouraging all members of the Avicultural community to complete their own submission to help inform the recommendations. Alternatively you can contact your local Bird Club and VAC representative to give recommendations for the VAC submission.
Submissions close on 9th June 2021.
For more information on the review click here:
Submissions can be completed here:
On Sunday the VAC held its AGM. All positions were declared vacant and then the elections were held. All positions have been updated under the CONTACT US tab. A motion to allow two affiliates of one club to hold a position on the executive was voted on and passed, the changes to the constitution will be made and come into affect at the Nov 21 AGM.
Last night the VAC hosted its September meeting via Zoom and although for some it was their first time using this format after a few teething problems the meeting went really well.
Some of the items discussed were:
Wildlife licenses are due September 30, 2020. Today)
Expo dates have been collated for 2021.
Care Guides on various species in PDF for handouts at Expos
Approval of Wire Cages, not compulsory, at VAC approved Expos
Public Liability Insurance
Native Species Legislation
Discussion on changing the classification of wildlife species to domestic
Golden Plains Shire Draft Law 2
Draft Report on importation of psittacine birds
Updates of our Web Site and Facebook page.
Vac Meeting: The next General Meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 29th September 2020 @ 7.30pm. All delegates have been emailed the link, if you have not received the invite please contact David Renshaw.
The Vac Recently held its AGM and are pleased to adise the following Office Bearers for 2020: President: Mark Godwill Vice President: Tod Osborne Treasurer
Well the wait is nearly over, sales begin again in only a couple of weeks.
It is a warm welcome back to Geelong to kick the season off, closely followed by Swan Hill and Gippsland [Warragul].
Be sure to know your responsibilities, as sellers and buyers, as the welfare of birds is of paramount importance. Ensure you are aware of all the requirements of the Code of Practice for Bird Sales.
For details go to the events detail page or look it up on our Facebook page....
Even if not buying or selling come along and learn more from a whole bunch of experts.
See you soon........
The affiliated clubs, who wish to conduct a bird sale/expo in 2018 have chosen their dates. These have since been sent to the Department for approval. These are still not approved by the Government & the native wildlife amnesty is yet to be granted. At this stage all sale/expo's details and dates (which are located on our website) are subject to the approval and amnesty being granted. We expect this to be granted soon. In the meantime mark your diary with the sale dates and get planning 2018 is set to be a great year.