About the Victorian Deer Control Community Network

Home | About Us

About Us

Feral deer are emerging as one of Australia’s most serious environmental and agricultural threats. Victoria has four species of deer running wild and possibly the largest feral deer population in Australia, estimated to be over a million animals. The feral deer population is expanding rapidly, invading new areas and increasingly harming the environment and the economy.

There are many organisations, institutions, businesses, groups and individuals in Victoria that are actively involved in feral deer control, research, campaigning or are directly impacted by feral deer. However, other than local networks, there has been no statewide forum to share information, experiences and collectively seek solutions.

The Victorian Deer Control Community Network (VDCCN) was established in 2021 by people concerned that there was little co-ordination or sharing information on feral deer control activity.  The VDCCN now provides a platform for state-wide collaboration of all groups and individuals over matters related to reducing the impact of feral deer.

Vision

By 2030, a healthy and respectful collaboration of community, interest groups, institutions and government has resulted in the substantial and sustained reduction in the distribution of feral deer and the impact of feral deer on the community, environment and the economy.

Purpose

To substantially reduce the impact and distribution of feral deer in Victoria.

Roles

The key roles of the network are, in relation to reducing the impacts and distribution of feral deer in Victoria, to:

  • Share information.
    Build knowledge and capacity.
  • Raise awareness in the community of the need for effective control.
  • Advocate for effective policy and control programs.
  • Advocate for adequate funding and resources.
  • Advocate for targeted research.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration.

Scope

The geographic scope of the VDCCN encompasses anywhere in Victoria where feral deer are present or have the potential to be present. Matters for the VDCCN are those related to reducing the impact and distribution of feral deer in Victoria.

Who funds us

The Victorian Deer Control Community Network operates on the good will and co-operation of its members. There is no cost to being a member. The Invasive Species Council helped establish the network and currently auspices executive officer support. The VDCCN is grateful to the Victorian Government through DELWP for funding support from 2021 t0 2025.

Invasive Species Council

Our Committee

By 2030, a healthy and respectful collaboration of community, interest groups, institutions and government has resulted in the substantial and sustained reduction in the distribution of feral deer and the impact of feral deer on the community, environment and the economy.

Executive Officer

Peter Jacobs

VDCCN Executive Officer.

Peter Jacobs