Mission and Objectives

Australian Deer Association Inc – Mission Statement

In pursuit of the key objective of the Association, the improvement of the status of deer in Australia, we strive for appropriate management of all free roaming deer populations in Australia.

To promote the safe, responsible and ethical pursuit of deer hunting and its acceptance by the community, undertaken by members who seek an environmentally sustainable experience in accordance with the ADA code of conduct.

Australian Deer Association Inc – Objectives

The improvement of the status of deer in Australia,

The promotion of research into the habits of deer; and the scientific study of deer in Australia and their relationship to the Australian environment,

The promotion, application and publication of the methods of management and control of deer whether semi-domesticated or wild,

The retention and improvement of habitat for deer and other wildlife, particularly by encouraging governments to pass legislation and make regulations based on sound management principles,

The preservation, and where appropriate the generating of deer hunting as a legiti- mate sport,

The preservation and extension of public access to the Australian bushland for recrea- tional use, and the encouragement of such use,

The preservation of the environment,

The education of hunters in the safe handling of firearms, and,

The personal adoption by members of the Association’s Code

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Hunters set the benchmarks for the Sustainable Hunting Action Plan

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When the Andrews Government came to power in Victoria in November 2014 we made sure that they understood that delivery of an action plan for hunting was a key priority for Victoria’s 48,000+ licensed game hunters.

The Sustainable Hunting Action Plan (SHAP), delivered late last year, includes a number of very positive initiatives that are the result of the Government listening to what the Australian Deer Association (ADA) and Field & Game Australia (FGA) have been telling them.

The onus is now on us, as much as it is on Government to deliver on the SHAP in a meaningful way for Victoria’s hunting community.

We take our role as the representatives of all game hunters (members or not) very seriously and we expect to be held accountable for how we perform.

Likewise it’s important to keep track of how all of the stakeholders in the SHAP are performing in order to ensure that we realise the best results for hunters.

ADA and FGA have been working together to develop the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for the SHAP. That’s right – ADA and FGA have drawn up the ‘score card’ to see how well the government is keeping its promises for hunting in Victoria.

The Government have not shirked the issue, they have openly embraced the scrutiny and worked constructively with us to develop KPI’s that are meaningful, deliverable and accountable.

The SHAP is important and a ‘business as usual’ approach simply won’t cut it – we are not waiting around to be consulted at the edges after the bureaucracy have developed how they think the initiatives in the SHAP should look – we are actively helping to shape them from the get go to ensure that they deliver for the most important stakeholder in this process – Victoria’s hunters.

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