Vermin Control Act 2000
An Act to provide for the control of vermin and to repeal the Vermin Destruction Act 1950
[Royal Assent 13 December 2000]
This Act may be cited as the Vermin Control Act 2000 .
This Act commences on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.
In this Act approved means approved by the Secretary;cover includes burrows and other shelter for vermin;Crown land means Crown land as defined in the Crown Lands Act 1976 ;inspector means an inspector as defined in the Animal Health Act 1995 ;occupier, in relation to land, means vermin means (a) fox; and(b) rabbit; and(c) any other animal or bird declared under section 5 ;vermin-proof fence means a fence or gate constructed in a manner and with materials sufficient to keep out vermin.
This Act binds the Crown in right of Tasmania and, so far as the legislative power of Parliament permits, in all its other capacities.
[Section 5 Amended by No. 64 of 2002, Sched. 1, Applied:31 Dec 2002] The Minister, after consultation with the Secretary of the responsible Department in relation to the Nature Conservation Act 2002 , by order, may declare any animal or bird to be vermin.
(1) The Minister, by order, may specify any land in respect of which an occupier must take all reasonable action on and from a certain date to destroy all (2) The occupier of land specified in an order under subsection (1) must comply with that order.Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.
(1) The Secretary, by notice served on an occupier of land, may require the occupier to suppress and destroy all (2) A notice may specify details of any (3) An occupier served with a notice must comply with that notice until all vermin and cover on that land are destroyed.Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.(4) A notice takes effect (a) if an appeal is made and not abandoned under section 13 , one day after an order is made under section 14(a) ; or(b) if an appeal is not made, 14 days after the notice is served.(5) Any land specified in the notice may be referred to by name, boundaries or by other means sufficient to identify the land.(6) A notice amended pursuant to an order under section 14(c) takes effect 7 days after the notice is served.
(1) For the purpose of this Act, an inspector, at any reasonable time, may (a) alone, or with any other persons, enter, remain in and inspect any land, vehicle, vessel or aircraft; and(b) inspect any apparatus or equipment in any land, vehicle, vessel or aircraft; and(c) take photographs, films, audio, video and other recordings the inspector considers appropriate; and(d) require records or documents to be produced for inspection; and(e) inspect and copy those records or documents and, for that purpose, take away and retain for a reasonable period those records or documents; and(f) seize, destroy or dispose of vermin in a manner the inspector considers appropriate; and(g) examine the occupier of land or a person employed on that land; and(h) examine the occupant of any vehicle, vessel or aircraft; and(i) require an occupant of any vehicle, vessel or aircraft to stop that vehicle, vessel or aircraft; and(j) require an occupant of any land to answer any questions the inspector considers appropriate.(2) Before an inspector destroys or disposes of vermin under subsection (1)(f), the inspector is to serve the occupier of land in which the vermin was found notice of that intention.(3) A notice takes effect (a) if an appeal is made and not abandoned under section 13 , 7 days after an order is made under section 14(a) ; or(b) if an appeal is not made, 14 days after the notice is served.(4) An inspector who enters any land, vehicle, vessel or aircraft under subsection (1) is not entitled to remain if, on request by the occupier, the inspector does not produce evidence of his or her appointment as an inspector.
(1) An inspector may require a person the inspector reasonably believes is contravening a provision of this Act to state his or her name and address.(2) A person must not refuse to comply with subsection (1) .Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.
(1) If an occupier does not comply with an order under section 6 or a notice under section 7 , an inspector may (2) The occupier is to pay all reasonable costs incurred by an inspector under subsection (1) .(3) This section does not affect any proceeding against, or liability of, the occupier under this Act.
(1) Before laying poison on any land pursuant to any action under section 10(1)(b) , an inspector is to give the occupier of that land 7 days' notice in writing.
(1) A person, without reasonable excuse, must not (a) resist, delay or threaten an inspector in the exercise of the inspector's powers or the performance of the inspector's functions; or(b) fail to comply with a reasonable request of an inspector; or(c) conceal a person from an inspector or prevent a person from appearing before or being examined by an inspector.Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.(2) A person must not impersonate an inspector.Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.
(1) A person may appeal to a magistrate against (a) a notice under section 7 ; or(b) a notice under section 8(2) .(2) An appeal is to be made within 14 days after the day on which a notice is served.
On hearing an appeal in respect of a notice, a magistrate may make any of the following orders:
(1) Subject to subsection (2), a person must not keep vermin.Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.(2) A person may keep European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) if they are kept in accordance with the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Intensive Husbandry of Rabbits 1991 (SCA Technical Report Series No. 33).
A person must not destroy, injure, remove or interfere with any trap, snare, poison or thing that is laid or used on any land to capture or destroy vermin without the approval of the Secretary.Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.
(1) A person must not set at large any vermin.Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a person authorised to set vermin at large for an approved purpose.
A person must not Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.
(1) [Section 19 Subsection (1) amended by No. 64 of 2002, Sched. 1, Applied:31 Dec 2002] A person must not carry any vermin unless permitted to do so under section 32 of the Nature Conservation Act 2002 .Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.
(1) A person, by any act or omission, must not introduce, or cause the introduction of, any live rabbits into any island in Tasmanian waters, except the Tasmanian mainland and Bruny Island.Penalty: Fine of not less than 20 penalty units and not more than 50 penalty units or imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than 2 years, or both.(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to live rabbits authorised for release by the Chief Veterinary Officer.
The Secretary may enter into a contract with any person relating to the taking of vermin.
The property in any vermin destroyed or disposed of under this Act vests in the Crown.
A statement in a complaint alleging that a person is, or was, at any particular time, an occupier of land is evidence of that fact.
(1) The existence on any land of a burrow that shows evidence of recent use by rabbits or any other evidence on that land of the existence of rabbits is proof of the existence of rabbits on that land.(2) If any evidence of the existence of rabbits under subsection (1) is not diminished it is evidence that an occupier of that land is not taking all reasonable actions to destroy all rabbits and cover on that land.
A person, in giving any information under this Act, must not (a) make a statement knowing it to be false or misleading; or(b) omit any matter from a statement knowing that without that matter that statement is misleading.Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.
(1) The Governor may make regulations for the purpose of this Act.(2) Regulations may adopt, either wholly or in part and with or without modification, and either specifically or by reference, any of the standards, procedures, rules, codes or specifications of any authority, whether the standards, procedures, rules, codes or specifications are published or issued before or after the commencement of this Act.(3) Regulations may contain provisions of a savings or transitional nature consequent on the enactment of this Act.(4) A provision referred to in subsection (3) may take effect on or from the day on which this Act commences or a later day.
The Vermin Destruction Act 1950 is repealed.
The Vermin Destruction Regulations 1986 (S.R. 1986, No. 229) are rescinded.
Until provision is made in relation to this Act by order under section 4 of the Administrative Arrangements Act 1990 (a) the administration of this Act is assigned to the Minister for Primary Industries, Water and Environment; and(b) the department responsible to the Minister for Primary Industries, Water and Environment in relation to the administration of this Act is the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment.