Commercial wildlife licence for dead macropods - Queensland

Service summary

You need this licence to buy, sell or process dead macropods.  This licence applies to a site or a premises as well as to a holder (a person or corporation).

There are three types of licence depending on your business activity:

  1. Dealer site - allows you to buy macropod carcasses and skins on site. This licence does not allow you to process the carcasses, meat or skins.  It is sometimes known as a 'field depot' licence.
  2. Meat processing works - allows you to process macropod meat at the site.
  3. Tannery - allows you to process macropod skins at the site.


Service type


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

Definition of terms


includes, in relation to macropods, the skin or other part of the carcass.


buy, sell, forward or receive on consignment.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be 18 years or older.

The meat processing works works licence requires that your premises is in Queensland and is accredited as a primary producer of macropod meat under the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000.

The tannery licence requires that your premises is in Queensland and is the subject of either:

  1. an environmental authority under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, or
  2. a development approval under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

Ongoing requirements

You must maintain a record and return book for your licensed site. Returns must be given to EHP within 14 days after each month.

You must ensure that the macropods you purchase are tagged and are the authorised size and weight.  Size and weight requirements are specified in the harvest period notice for each harvest period.  Visit the harvest update for the latest information on the harvest period. 


This licence is effective for a period of 1 year or 3 years from the date of approval.



For 1 year or less from 1 January 2016


For 3 years from 1 January 2016


Dealer return book


Amendment of permit

Other resources


You must submit your application and documentation in person or by post to the Macropod Management Unit, Charleville District Office.  Faxed or emailled applications will not be accepted.

For a meatworks application, you must include a copy of your certificate of accreditation under the Food Production (Safety) Act.

For a tannery application, you must include written evidence of your development approval or environmental authority.

For corporate applications:

  • the corporation must have an office in Queensland
  • the person in charge of the site must be stated on the application form
  • an executive officer, such as a member of the board of directors, must sign the application form or provide written delegation of the authority to apply for licences on behalf of the corporation
  • you must include a copy of a certificate of incorporation and return of directors.


Transfer details

This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

Licences will be sent by certified mail (receipted delivery) to the nominated person in charge of the site, as will any further correspondence. If the site is on a property, a GPS position, the distance from the homestead, the homestead name, property name and shire name must be provided.

For information about the regulatory obligations of macropod harvesters, visit Commercial macropod harvester licence.

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Environmental Services and Regulation
Southern Region Environmental Services

Act(s) name

Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Nature Conservation (Administration) Regulation 2006 (Queensland)

Nature Conservation ( Wildlife) Regulation 2006 (Queensland)

Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006 (Queensland)

Nature Conservation (Macropod) Conservation Plan 2005 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Macropod Management Unit
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Environmental Services and Regulation
Southern Region Environmental Services

Operating address:
Hood Street
Charleville, Queensland 4470
Mailing address:
PO Box 689
Charleville, Queensland 4470


07 4654 4276

Supporting information


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