Biodiversity Conservation Licence (Harm Protected Animals) - New South Wales


You will require this licence if you intend to harm fauna for commercial purposes (for example, to sell meat and skin products). This licence is most commonly issued for kangaroo hunting.

Fauna are animals, including any mammal, bird, reptile or amphibian. Harming an animal includes hunting, shooting, poisoning, netting, snaring, spearing, pursuing, capturing, trapping, injuring or killing it, but does not include harm caused by changing the habitat of the animal.

This licence permits you to sell animal carcasses for either pet food or human consumption. All animals must be killed by professional harvesters who hold the appropriate qualifications.

Please note that:

  • this licence can be restricted to certain species
  • unless this licence expressly states otherwise it does not authorise the harming of fauna in any land identified as reserved land under the Act
  • this licence does not authorise the harming of threatened species, populations or ecological communities
  • if you intend to use a carcass chiller (for instance a refrigerated device for storing animal carcasses) in connection with your activities it must be registered with the Agency. Please note that the chiller does not need to be registered if it is on a registered premises.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Applicants are required to successfully complete two different courses before applying for this licence - an OTEN TAFE course for Statement of Attainment in Game Harvester Skill Set and the Firearms Accreditation for Kangaroo Harvesters run by the Firearm Safety & Training Council Ltd.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $894.00

Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Professional Licence

Apply Application All $223.00

Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Landholder Licence

Other resources

Act(s) name

Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Environment, Energy and Science Group

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries, Kangaroo Management Section

Environment, Energy and Science Group

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

New South Wales
Mailing address: PO BOX 2111, Dubbo, New South Wales, 2830
Phone: 1300 173 376
Fax: 02 6884 8675
Website: Office of Environment and Heritage (Opens in new window)