General Professional licence

Apply or renew your licence

You can apply for a new game hunting licence or renew an existing licence using our online licensing services. You can read more about applying or renewing online or use the links below to get started.

If you want to apply for a licence type that is Restricted, it is important to read about how to become accredited and qualify for the licence before you apply.

A technical issue is currently preventing applicants using an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, Mac) from attaching supporting documents to an application. You can still lodge an online application using a non-iOS device or computer.

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A professional hunter is a person who hunts game animals in the course of any paid employment or engagement.

You need to apply for a General professional licence (G-professional) if you are hired or employed to hunt deer and other game animals on private land.

A G-professional licence does not entitle you to hunt on public land, or to guide others or sell any part of the harvested animal.

This licence confers the authority of a Professional Licence as well as a General (Standard) game hunting licence.

If you are paying by credit card, use the links above to apply or renew online. If you are paying by cheque or money order, use the application forms below.

NSW General (Professional) Game Hunting Licence - application/renewal form (PDF, 259.37 KB)

NSW Game Hunting Licence - licence replacement form (PDF, 104.41 KB)

Qualifying

Applicants for a G-professional licence must:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • be actively engaged or employed, or intend to be actively engaged or employed, as a professional contract shooter to control or suppress deer species on private land for payment (evidence may be required).
  • have a registered business name and an active ABN in their name
  • hold a current firearms licence with the genuine reason 'Vertebrate Pest Animal Control - Contract Shooter' or an equivalent interstate firearms licence.

Special conditions

Professional hunters must

  • display the professional hunter identification sticker on the outside of their vehicle when hunting professionally.
  • use a log book to record their professional hunting activities (supplied by the Game Licensing Unit).
  • for each quarter (March, June, September and December), send a copy of the log book pages to the Game Licensing Unit within one month of it ending.
  • submit quarterly harvest returns for their G-Professional licence to remain current.
  • tell the Game Licensing Unit about any changes to their details within 14 days.

Exemptions from regulations

Professional game hunting licence holders are exempt from the regulations applying to the use of spotlights and electronic devices (such as night vision enhancement eyewear), hunting from vehicles and deer seasons. These exemptions apply to private land only.

Applying

Use the links at the top of the page to either apply online or submit an application form (PDF, 259.37 KB).

Cost

Licence term

Full rate

Concession rate

1 year

$75

$50
2 years

$145

$97
3 years

$210

$140
4 years

$270

$180
5 years

$325

$217

The concession rate is only available to pensioners holding an eligible pension card. Minor hunters are not eligible to hold a professional licence.

Insurance

Professional hunting does not have any public liability insurance cover. Insurance cover is the responsibility of the licence holder for any paid activities.

As the G-professional licence confers the authority of a standard G-licence, any private hunting carried out by the licence holder will be covered with $20 million public liability cover.