Native game bird quotas

There are two types of quota under the NSW Native Game Bird Management Program:

  • the State-wide quota, and
  • individual allocations of native game bird species per property.

State-wide quota

The NSW State-wide quota is the total number of native game birds that may be harvested each year. The quota period commences on assessment of the State-wide quota (usually September) and expires on 30 June each year.

NSW DPI is required to use the best available scientific information on the estimated populations of native game birds across NSW. Aerial and on-ground population surveys across the Riverina district are used in the quota assessment, and the Office of Environment and Heritage is consulted.

Currently, there is not enough scientific evidence to allow a quota for native pigeon and quail species.

The State-wide quota can include the following species:

  • Australian Shelduck or Mountain Duck (Tadorna tadornoides)
  • Australian Wood Duck or Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata)
  • Black Duck or Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
  • Blue-winged Shoveler or Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis)
  • Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)
  • Grass Whistling Duck or Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)
  • Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
  • Hardhead Duck or White-eyed Duck (Aythya australis)
  • Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)
  • Water Whistling Duck, Wandering Whistling Duck or Whistling or Wandering Tree Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata)

If the State-wide quota omits a particular species, that species may not be hunted that year.

Species allocations per property

Once the annual State-wide quota is approved, NSW DPI can issue allocations for each property covered by a NSW Native Game Bird Management (Owner/Occupier) Licence.

An individual property species allocation is the number of a particular type of native game bird that may be harvested on that land in that year.

Licensed hunters who hold express authority to hunt native game birds are responsible for knowing the available allocation of game birds remaining for the land and to report their harvests to NSW DPI.

If an allocation has not been issued for a particular species, they may not be hunted in that year.

Allocation increases

The Wildlife Management Support Team monitors property allocations and hunter harvest returns on behalf of landholders - they will contact you if you are approaching the maximum harvest level and request you apply for an increase.

You can apply to increase your property species allocations using Form GB-Q: Property allocation increase request.