Damage mitigation permits
All Australian states and territories have provisions for landholders to manage overabundant macropods. In NSW landholders can apply for Licences to harm kangaroos to mitigate damage to the landscapes. In 2018 the NSW Government approved new licence conditions to harm kangaroos due to the drought.
The changes included:
- ecologically sustainable limits on the number of kangaroos that may be culled, based on property size
- previous and current licence holders can apply for licences over the phone
- more shooters may operate under each licence, and shooter details are provided to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) after culling operations, rather than with the licence application
- removal of the use of carcass tags and the ‘shoot and let lie’ licence condition to reduce biosecurity risks
- allow landholders and shooters to use carcasses for non-commercial purposes.
In 2020 changes were made to the limits on the number of kangaroos that may be culled under a licence to harm kangaroos. See the 2020 licence limits here.
In addition, the NSW Government announced extensions to the commercial kangaroo harvest zones in South East NSW in 2019.
Local Land Services can assist landholders by facilitating connections with licensed harvesters and experienced volunteer recreational shooters.
Read the frequently asked questions about the changes to licences to harm kangaroos.
All culling of kangaroos in Australia must adhere to the Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Non-Commercial Purposes