Areas where the dingo is unprotected in Victoria on public land within 3 kilometres of any private land boundary.
Dingoes often occur in areas inhabited by wild dogs, appear morphologically similar to wild dogs and are extremely difficult to differentiate from wild dogs. This means that wild dog control programs have the potential to directly impact on dingoes.
In Victoria, the dingo (Canis dingo) has been listed as 'Threatened' under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and is protected on most areas of public land under the Wildlife Act 1975.
Dingoes have been declared as unprotected on all private land in Victoria, as well as in the shaded areas (and according to the description provided) on public land shown in Figure below (except when in captivity).
We at Aussie CANIS DINGO DAY have run several email storms to our environmental ministers and the threatened species commissioner.
This was our first and only response this year 2015.
Our first response from Greg Hunt in reply to our emails.
I refer to your email of 16 may 2015 concerning dingoes and our environment.
As discussed in the Department of The Environment response to you in Dec 2014, the dingo is not listed as a threatened species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act), so responsibility for its management is currently a matter for state and territory governments.
The dingo is now acknowledged at species level as Canis Dingo following the description of the dingo by Crowther et al, in the journal of zoology (2014). The Australian Government also accepts that the dingo is a native species and is aware of the Research on the ecological benefits of apex predators such as the dingo. While dingoes are considered threatened in some areas, they are also managed as pests in other areas. Farmers and graziers have legitimate concerns that dingoes and wild dogs prey on their livestock. The Australian Government is in favour of utilising a variety of methods to ameliorate the impact of dingoes and wild dogs on livestock such as the use of guardian dogs and predator proof fencing.
The Government provides considerable support for broader habitat protection which may assist the dingo. Many of the threatened ecological communities listed under the EPBC Act, such as Arnhem Plateau Sandstone Shrubland Complex in the Northern Territory, provide habitat for the dingo. The National and World Heritage listed Fraser Island also provides habitat for the dingo.
The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre has developed a new toxic bait suitable for use on wild dogs. This bait contains the toxin para-aminopropiophenone or PAPP which is considered to be a humane toxin which may replace 1080 baiting in some areas. This product is currently being assessed by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for efficacy and safety to humans and the environment. There will also be an antidote, BlueHealer, available in the event of accidental poisoning of working or pet dogs.
Thank you for writing on this matter.