Dingoes in Victoria
In Victoria, the Dingo (Canis dingo) is listed as a threatened species under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and is protected under the Wildlife Act 1975.
Dingoes are a subspecies of the Wolf and were introduced to Australia approximately 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. The Dingo is the largest terrestrial predator in Australia. It is both culturally important to indigenous people and valued as an iconic Australian species.
Dingoes are thought to play an important role in the natural environment as a top-order predator by suppressing populations of large herbivores (e.g. kangaroos) and introduced mesopredators (medium sized exotic predators, such as foxes) through direct predation or increased predation risk, harassment and competition for resources.
Order in Council unprotecting the Dingo in certain circumstances
Any wild dog or dingo found on private land (or on public land adjacent to private land) has the potential to threaten livestock.
Dingoes are visually indistinguishable from wild dogs, making it impossible to ensure they are not inadvertently destroyed in wild dog control programs in any given area where both exist. (You can find more information on wild dogs here.)
In Victoria, wild dogs are pest animals and can be legally controlled. However dingoes are protected wildlife and it is an offence under the Wildlife Act 1975 to take or kill protected wildlife without an authorisation to do so.
In order to allow the continued control of wild dogs and dingoes where they threaten livestock, an Order in Council was made on the 1 October 2010 under the Wildlife Act 1975 , declaring the dingo as unprotected wildlife in certain areas of the state.
The Order is in place to enable protection of livestock from wild dogs and dingoes on private land and along the boundaries of public land in some areas of the state, whilst also ensuring the conservation of the Dingo on most public land.
On the 24 September 2013, an amendment to the original Order in Council was made to extend it for a further five years and remove an outdated section regarding perpetual leases on public land.
For further information on the Order, please download the following: