animal welfare direction in respect of operations, activities or structures that may impact on the welfare of wild animals. The direction should made be in an approved written format (Appendix 1) This direction may define the timing of and actions or measures required to protect the welfare of animals likely to be affected by such operational works, activities or structures. Any breach of the direction may be considered to be a violation of this protocol. For example: the wildlife control operator may direct that a suitable fence or barrier be constructed along the border of a busy road adjacent to a development site to prevent animals from running onto the road during clearing activities.
2.6 Such directions may form part of the Wildlife Protection and Management Plan, or may be made separately upon identification of a specific risk. An animal welfare direction shall be made in writing in an approved form, and copies given to all relevant persons; or, in the case of a clear and present risk to animal welfare, an animal welfare direction may be made verbally with written confirmation to follow. In general, an animal welfare direction will only be used in circumstances in which the wildlife control operator and/or wildlife biologist considers that a real and proximate risk to animal welfare exists.
2.7 In unlikely event that circumstances in which an animal welfare direction has been breached, or in the opinion of the wildlife control operator an activity is occurring, or is likely to occur that may result in immediate significant risk to, or death of animals, the wildlife control operator spotter/catcher may make a stop work order. This order will remain in force until the wildlife control operator is satisfied that appropriate measures have been taken to mitigate the risk.
Responsibilities of wildlife control operators
2.8 The wildlife control operator has ethical responsibilities to ensure the welfare of wild animals in respect of a development or activity for which they are acting in that role. A wildlife control operator also has an obligation to comply with the provisions of this suggested protocol.
2.9 In terms of the performance of duties and operating procedures required for each project, the wildlife control operator’s/qualified personnel responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
a) thorough site assessment and fauna survey (or validation of a previously
conducted fauna survey).
b) preparation of a Wildlife Protection and Management Plan (WPMP) (see Appendix 2)
c) ensuring that relevant persons associated with developments and operational works or activities are provided with copies of the WPMP and understand their responsibilities under the applicable local, State and/or Federal laws, and the importance of complying with Animal Welfare Directions.
d) clearly identifying to all relevant persons the specific wildlife welfare risks associated with the project, and recommended risk mitigation measures.