Hunting licences

The type of licence you need to legally hunt in NSW depends on:

  • the type of animal to be hunted
  • the land to be hunted on – public or private
  • the reason for hunting the animal.
Licence type Non- indigenous game animals - Part 1 Other non- indigenous animals - Part 2 Guide others Sell harvested animal Paid employment Insurance
  Public land Private land Public land Private land Public land Private land Public land Private land Private land  
Restricted (standard) YesYesYes N/A NoNoNoNoNo$20 million
General (standard) NoYesNo N/A NoNoNoNoNo$20 million
Restricted GuideYesYesYes N/A YesYesNoNoNo Nil
General GuideNoYesNo N/A NoYesNoNoNo Nil
Restricted CommercialYesYesYes N/A NoNoYesYesNo Nil
General CommercialNoYesNo N/A No NoNoYesNo Nil
General ProfessionalNoYesNo N/A NoNo NoNoYes Nil
Restricted Visitor'sYesYesYes N/A NoNoNoNoNo$20 million
General Visitor'sNoYesNo N/A NoNo No NoNo$20 million

Which NSW game hunting licence is right for you?

To determine which NSW game hunting licence is right for you, we usually ask you a few questions, as shown in the accordion below.

If you want to hunt non-indigenous game animals and other non-indigenous animals on public land in NSW, you need to apply for a Restricted licence. Restricted licence holders must:

If you want to hunt deer and other non-indigenous game animals on private land, you need to apply for a game hunting licence. This can be either the Restricted licence, which also gives you public land access, or a General licence for private land only. General licence holders must be over 12 years of age.

You don't need a licence if you are only hunting non-indigenous animals (listed in Part 2 of Schedule 3 of the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002) on private land.

If you want to hunt non-indigenous game animals and non-indigenous animals on public land in NSW, and then sell the harvested meat or another part of the animal for consumption, you need to apply for a Restricted Commercial licence. Restricted Commercial licence holders must:

If you only want to hunt non-indigenous game animals on private land in NSW, and then sell the harvested meat or another part of the animal for consumption, you need to apply for a General Commercial licence. General Commercial licence holders must be over 18 years of age.

Please note, information on commercial harvesting of kangaroos and other native species is available from the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Information on other legal requirements relating to the sale of wild game meat is available from the NSW Food Authority.

If you want to guide other hunters in their pursuit of non-indigenous game and other non-indigenous animals on public land in NSW, you need to apply for a Restricted Guide licence. Restricted Guide licence holders must:

If you want to guide other hunters in their pursuit of non-indigenous game animals on private land in NSW, you need to apply for a General Guide licence. General Guide licence holders must be over 18 years of age and a member of an Approved Professional Hunting Organisation.

If you are hunting game animals as you are providing a service that you will be paid for, you need to apply for a General Professional licence. General Professional licence holders must be over 18 years of age and have a registered business name and ABN to hunt on private land.

If you live outside of Australia and want to hunt in NSW, you need to apply for either a Restricted Visitor's licence (required for both private and public land) or General Visitor's licence (required for only public land). Holders of both types must be over 12 years of age and accompanied by a licensed individual or guide.

Please note, information about importing firearms into NSW is available from the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry.

Granting a licence

Read more about the process of applying or renewing a licence and the supporting information that is required.

Concession rates are available for minors and pensioners.

Read more about the processing of NSW hunting licences, which are generally processed within 20 working days.

Restrictions and exemptions apply to NSW Game Hunting Licences.

Information for Aboriginal people

If you are an Aboriginal person, you are exempt from the NSW game hunting licensing provisions, provided that:

  1. you are hunting a game animal that is pursuant to a native title right or interest, and that is the subject of an approved determination of native title or of a registered native title claim, and/or
  2. you are a member, or in the company of a member, of a Local Aboriginal Land Council, and you are undertaking traditional cultural hunting in the Council area.

The Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 does not affect the operation of the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993, or of the Native Title (New South Wales) Act 1994, in relation to the recognition of native title rights and interests within the meanings of those Acts, or in any other respect.

Public liability insurance

Every standard Restricted and General licence comes with $20 million public liability insurance through Marsh Pty Ltd.

The policy covers legal liability to third parties for bodily injury and/ or property damage caused while hunting under the terms of the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002.

All licensed hunters are covered while hunting all species listed under the Act on both public and private land.

More information on licences

For more information on any of these licences, exemptions or restrictions, please contact DPI's Game Licensing Unit on 02 6391 3750, or game.licensing@dpi.nsw.gov.au.