Yes, landholders or managers need a licence to harm kangaroos if they intend to harm kangaroos, wallabies or wallaroos on their property to mitigate damage or for public safety purposes.
If the property is in a commercial harvest zone, landholders will require a commercial licence and they may also engage a licensed commercial harvester to remove kangaroos from their property.
Persons with a valid firearms licence and appropriate firearms can assist landholders who have a licence to harm issued by the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS).
Participating shooters must also read the comprehensive Volunteer Non-Commercial Kangaroo Shooters Best Practice Guide (PDF, 803.38 KB) and comply with the principles for humane and ethical shooting of kangaroo species.
Local Land Services (LLS) maintains a register of commercial harvesters, professional shooters and volunteer shooters who are willing to assist landholders to harm kangaroos.
Volunteer shooters holding a current firearms licence with appropriate firearms are invited to list their contact details, training and experience on a Shooters Register that may be accessed by landholders requiring assistance.
Contact LLS on 1300 795 299 or use their online form to place your details on the Shooters Register.
No, kangaroos are not listed in the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002. The $25 million public liability insurance attached to each standard licence only covers licence holders for species listed in the Act.
The National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Non-Commercial Purposes and the Volunteer Non-Commercial Kangaroo Shooters Best Practice Guide (PDF, 803.38 KB) specifies acceptable methods of shooting kangaroos, including:
From August 2018, ‘shoot and let lie’ conditions no longer apply for licences to harm kangaroos for non-commercial purposes in NSW.
The changes allow landholders and shooters to use the carcass for any secondary purpose, however a carcass must not be sold, swapped or traded.
No. The changes only apply to licences to harm red kangaroos, eastern grey kangaroos, western grey kangaroos and wallaroos. There are no changes to licences to harm other species of native animals.
The NSW Kangaroo Management Plan for the commercial harvest program establishes a quota to ensure kangaroo populations in the harvest zones remain ecologically sustainable.
The quota is set at 17% of the population for red kangaroos and 15% for eastern and western grey kangaroos and wallaroos.
Environment, Energy and Science (EES), Directorate of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, will closely monitor the total number of kangaroos authorised to be culled under licences to harm kangaroos non commercially and the number harvested under the commercial harvest program.
If the combined cull and harvest approaches the ecologically sustainable quota, EES will adjust the maximum limits on the number of kangaroos that can be harmed under licences to harm kangaroos. Applications in areas where harvesting has been suspended will also be assessed on a case by case basis.
All shooting of kangaroos and wallabies must comply with the National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Non-Commercial Purposes to ensure kangaroos are killed in a way that minimises pain and suffering.
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 also applies to harming kangaroos in NSW.
Compliance with this Act is monitored and enforced by the NSW Police Force, the NSW RSPCA and the Animal Welfare League NSW.