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


You will need 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

You will need to have successfully completed two different courses to be eligible for this licence:

  • an OTEN TAFE course for Statement of Attainment in Game Harvester Skill Set
  • the Firearms Accreditation for Kangaroo Harvesters run by the Firearm Safety & Training Council Ltd.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Professional Licence fees:

  • full calendar year - $894.00
  • from 1 July - $447.00.

Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All $223.00

Commercial Harvester (Kangaroo) Landholder Licence. Fees for 2022-23

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 and Environment

Environment, Energy and Science Group

Contact details

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