Native Game Bird Management Licence - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this licence if you are the owner or occupier of land used for agricultural purposes and you intend to cull native game birds. Native game birds include specific ducks, quails and pigeons. Please refer to Schedule 3 of the Act for a list of the birds included in this licence.

This licence will only be issued for sustainable agricultural management purposes. It allows you to cull a specified number of native game birds of a specified class found on your land. This licence does not authorise the killing of native game birds for the purpose of sale. Sustainable agricultural management purposes mean those activities that:

  • contribute positively to farm, regional and the State's productivity and economy
  • adaptively manage and enhance biological and physical resources
  • support the State's regional and rural communities.

This licence authorises you to possess the carcass, or the skin or any other part of the bird. Please be aware that this licence does not authorise you to shoot ducks on your property unless you hold a minimum NSW General (Standard) Game Hunting Licence.

Once approved, the Agency will allocate a quota as to how many birds may be killed.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • complete the waterfowl identification test (WIT) (if you intend to shoot ducks)
  • submit an application form
  • pay the required fee
  • provide all the information requested by the Agency.

Please be aware that anyone assisting with the harvest of native game birds must hold a game hunting licence and have passed the WIT.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to 5 years.



No fees are required.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Game Licensing Unit

Act(s) name

Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Game and Feral Animal Control Regulation 2012 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Game Licensing Unit

Mailing address:
Locked Bag 21
New South Wales 2800


02 6391 3750


02 6361 2093

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