Harvesting licence (macropods) - Queensland


You need this licence if you intend to operate as a commercial macropod harvester. The macropods that you are allowed to harvest in Queensland are the eastern grey kangaroo, red kangaroo and wallaroo.

It is a condition of all licences that you only sell to licensed dealers, processors and tanneries and that you correctly tag your harvested macropods.

You cannot harvest macropods in protected areas such as national parks, state forests or public roads.

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:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • hold an approved weapon licence
  • have completed the approved shooting test within 12 months of the date of application, or be licensed as a macropod harvester in the previous harvest period
  • be the landholder or gain consent from the landholder
  • be a suitable person to hold a wildlife licence
  • have licensed premises in Queensland where, for example, you may keep dead macropods prior to sale, and where record / return books are kept when you are not undertaking activities under the licence
  • have completed the approved course.

This licence can only be issued to an individual, not a corporation.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You can begin harvesting when the harvest period begins and you have received your licence and tags.

You must carry the following when undertaking harvesting activities:

  • your commercial macropod harvesting licence
  • landholder consent forms - you must obtain and carry the landholder's written consent before harvesting on their land
  • you record and return of operations book - if you are a new applicant, you will need to purchase this book
  • photo identification such as driver's licence.

You must record in your return book or online when the earliest of the following happens - within 24 hours after the macropod was taken or when the permit holder sells, gives away or moves the macropod to another person.

You must accurately record harvest details in the record and return book and submit it within 14 days after the end of each month. If you did not harvest any macropods in a month, you must make a nil return.


Up to 3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $86.20

Not more than 1 year. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $256.90

More than 1 year. Fees for 2023-24

Application process


Macropods Online is the department's user-friendly digital platform for managing macropod services. As a macropod licence holder, you can use Macropods Online to apply for licences, submit returns, and order tags.

If you have already applied for a dealer or harvester licence, you can now access Macropods Online when you log into Online Services.

Macropod operators' not currently registered on Online Services will need to register to access Macropods Online.


This licence cannot be transferred

Administering agency

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Contact details

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