Release of the 2020 code of practice for the commercial kangaroo industry

The National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Commercial Purposes is a national document intended to guide regulation of humane harvesting practices for the commercial kangaroo industry in Australia.

Red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) amongst the Mitchell grass Sturt National Park

The comprehensive 2020 review of The National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Commercial Purposes (the code) has now been completed. It replaces the previous 2008 version of the code.

Compliance with the new code is a condition of all NSW kangaroo harvester licences. It is the responsibility of every licensee to ensure they are familiar with its contents and abide by the code.

AgriFutures Australia led the review and gathered diverse input from leading animal welfare and kangaroo harvesting experts, state and federal government, kangaroo and pastoral industries, harvesters, animal welfare groups and the public.

The consultation process attracted 17,148 individual and group contributions, including nearly 5000 email submissions.

The feedback provided has been vital in developing the 2020 code, which sets an achievable expected standard for the commercial industry that is backed by evidence-based policy and reinforces the commitment of all parties to the welfare of kangaroos and wallabies.

You can find the code, the consultation report and more information on the AgriFutures Australia website.

If you have any questions about the code or would like to request a copy, please contact NSW Kangaroo Management.