Budget shows support for duck hunting

The state government has rejected a recent inquiry to outright ban duck hunting, but has contributed to funds to ensure it is safe and compliant. Image: File.

Stefan Bradley

THE state government’s budget commitment to support future quail and duck hunting highlights strategic investment in hunting regulation and compliance, but diverges from a recommended ban following a parliamentary inquiry.

If anti-duck hunting advocates were hoping for the government to change course and ban the activity, the $11.6 million pledged in the budget for fishing, boating and game management over the next three years would like to have a word with you.

The $11.6 million investment for the continuation of quail and duck shooting is part of funding for the Game Management Authority that aims to ensure hunters are complying with regulations.

The money also goes towards hunting regulation review and reform, which is the action the state government took after the parliamentary inquiry into duck shooting, rather than a ban as the inquiry recommended.

Minister for Outdoor Recreation Steve Dimopoulos said: “Whether it’s taking in one of our epic major events or a weekend away with friends, our state has so much to offer – and we’re making sure everyone knows it,” he said.

The budget papers beyond 2026-27 do not show any funding for “fishing, boating and game management”, which is where this bucket of money is listed.

The papers for “safe and sustainable recreational game hunting” shows $2.3 million in funding each year for 2024-25, 2025-26 and 2026-27. In the same years under “Supporting sustainable hunting reform” is funding for $1.7 million, $1.7 million again, and then $1.3 million, respectively.