The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is undertaking an enforcement project to reduce the detrimental impact of rabbits on agricultural and environmental assets west of Warrnambool.
DPI Biosecurity Area Leader Brett Madigan said rabbits were a particular concern for the Warrnambool Coast area and DPI was using its enforcement powers to support the community's efforts over past years.
"DPI staff have inspected 26 properties and issued seven land management notices to control rabbits," Mr Madigan said.
"Landowners have a legal responsibility to manage pest plants and animals on their property to ensure they don't adversely affect agricultural production on neighbouring farms or impact on the natural environment.
"Where landowners don't comply with the law, penalties of up to $29,000 can apply."
Mr Madigan said DPI was supporting local efforts to control rabbits.
"All members of the local community need to do their bit to help control rabbits but when this doesn't occur DPI will step in," he said.
"We have a clear message from the community that it wants DPI to enforce action on priority invasive species such as rabbits and bolster community-led efforts."