Commercial harvester licence

You must have a Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Licence if you want to harm kangaroos and sell kangaroo carcasses in New South Wales.

Commercial harvesting allows landholders to engage a commercial harvester to remove kangaroos from their properties. This reduces the requirement for landholders to manage kangaroo populations on their properties.

Only people who are licensed by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment with a current Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Licence granted under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act) may harm kangaroos and sell the carcasses. Kangaroos must be harvested in accordance with licence conditions and the National code of practice for the humane shooting of kangaroos and wallabies for commercial purposes.

Regulations

Regulations for the commercial harvesting of kangaroos are outlined in the NSW Commercial Kangaroo Harvest Management Plan. Regulations apply to:
  • Licensing
    Only people who are licensed by the Department with a current Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Licence may harm kangaroos and sell the carcasses. Kangaroos must be shot in accordance with the National code of practice for the humane shooting of kangaroos and wallabies for commercial purposes.
  • Selling
    Carcasses must only be sold to a Department licensed Animal Dealer (Kangaroo). Carcasses must only be transported on vehicles inspected and approved by the NSW Food Authority and stored in chillers licensed by the NSW Food Authority and premises registered by the Department.
  • Landholder consent
    Landholders must provide an annual landholder consent form 2019 (DOC 55KB) giving written permission for a commercial harvester to apply to use commercial tags to harm kangaroos on the landholder's property.
  • Public liability
    Public liability insurance is the responsibility of the landholder and the harvester. The Department has no role in regulating public liability.

Types of commercial harvester (kangaroo) licences

Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Licences are valid until 31 December in the year of issue.

There are 2 types of Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Licences for the commercial harvesting of kangaroos:

  • Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Professional Licence
  • Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Landholder Licence

The annual application fee in 2019 for a Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Professional Licence will be $894. (Note: where a licence is granted on or after 1 July 2019, 50% of the annual fee applies).

An individual must satisfy the following requirements for the Department to grant a Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Professional Licence:

  • a valid Firearms Licence, issued by NSW Police
  • successful completion of the accreditation course (AMPG306 Use Firearms to Harvest Wild Game) for kangaroo harvesters through the NSW Firearms Safety and Training Council Ltd
  • successful completion of the Statement of Attainment 357-R1200V01 – Game Harvester Skill Set through Open Training and Education Network (OTEN) TAFE (a requirement of NSW Food Authority to meet food hygiene standards).

If granted a licence, licensed harvesters must obtain consent from a landholder, who has completed a landholder consent form 2019 (DOC 55KB), before undertaking harvesting activities on a landholder's property.

Landholders can apply for a Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Landholder Licence if they want to harm kangaroos on their own property and sell the carcass.

The annual application fee in 2019 for this licence will be $223. (Note: where a licence is granted on or after 1 July 2019, 50% of the annual fee applies).

This licence differs from the Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Professional Licence in that the licensee is restricted to using commercial tags on properties they own or occupy within the commercial kangaroo management zone. The licensee cannot harvest kangaroos on other properties within the zone or other commercial zones. The training requirements for a Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Landholder Licence are the same as for a Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Professional Licence.

As part of their application, landholders should also submit a landholder consent form 2019 (DOC 55KB) to confirm the details of the properties they own or occupy where they intend to undertake harvesting activities.

Kangaroo carcasses must be tagged to show they were harvested in accordance with the requirements of the NSW Commercial Kangaroo Harvest Management Plan and the conditions of a commercial harvester (kangaroo) licence so the carcasses can be sold to an Animal Dealer (Kangaroo) Licence holder.

Once you have applied for and been granted a commercial harvester licence, you are eligible to purchase tags for use within a commercial kangaroo management zone.

Changes for applying for tags in 2019

The process for applying for commercial tags has changed for the 2019 harvest year.

You now apply for commercial tags for a specific kangaroo species in a specific kangaroo management zone, and the tags can be used on any property within that zone for which you have obtained landholder consent to harvest kangaroos for commercial purposes. Tags must be used within 4 months of issue.

Tags are issued with a Commercial Tag Advice, which states:

  • the start and expiry dates for the tag range (either 4 months from the date of purchase or 31 December if purchased towards the end of the calendar year)
  • the commercial kangaroo management zone where the tags are to be used
  • the Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Licence details
  • the approved species and number to be harmed.

Within zones, the quota is usually allocated on a 'first in, first served' basis. The quantity of tags available to a harvester is dependent on the number of species, the available quota and the number of hectares available to the harvester within the commercial kangaroo management zone (as determined by the size of the properties within that zone for which the harvester has obtained landholder consent).

A delegated Department officer assesses each application and may contact a landholder for clarification if there is concern about any of the information provided on a landholder consent form.

The cost of commercial tags in 2019 is $1.17 each (GST free). Commercial tags must be purchased from the Kangaroo Management Program Team of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. You can purchase tags by applying online or by completing and submitting an application form – see below.

You can find more information on tag allocations and commercial takes in each year's annual report.

All licences are granted with conditions. Under the BC Act, it is an offence to contravene a condition of a licence.

Commercial kangaroo harvesting licences are granted on an annual basis and the conditions are subject to change.

View the conditions for licences to be granted in 2019.

Apply for a licence

Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) licences are granted on a calendar year basis.

2019 harvest year

New options are available to harvesters wishing to apply for a licence for the 2019 harvest year as described below.

Online

Use the Wildlife Management System (WMS) to apply online for a 2019 Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) licence. Information and guides about applying online can be found at Support and resources.

Apply online

By email or post

If you are unable to use the online system, you may also apply by downloading, completing and submitting the relevant 2019 forms by:

email: kangaroo.management@environment.nsw.gov.au
post: Kangaroo Management Program, Reply Paid 2111, Dubbo NSW 2830

Forms