The Kangaroo Harvesting Program is administered by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR). For more information about the program please visit DJPR’s Kangaroo Harvesting Program page.

Landholders who are seeking to control kangaroos on their property but do not want to use the Kangaroo Harvesting Program can apply for an Authority to Control Wildlife (ATCW). Kangaroos controlled under an ATCW cannot be taken for commercial processing.

Kangaroo Harvest Management Plan

The KHMP sets the objectives and requirements for commercial kangaroo harvesting. These include that harvesting must be ecologically sustainable, humane, and only be undertaken by people who have been authorised to do so.

To ensure the sustainability of Victorian kangaroo populations, the KHMP sets commercial harvest quotas across seven harvest zones. The harvest quotas are the maximum number of kangaroos that can be taken under the program each year.

Quota setting

The total sustainable level of take for Eastern and Western Grey kangaroos has been set at 10 per cent of the Victorian population annually. The 10 per cent figure includes kangaroo mortality under both the commercial Kangaroo Harvesting Program and the Authority to Control Wildlife (ATCW) system.

Quota report for 2020

Once expected ATCW control is taken into account, commercial harvest quotas are set at less than 5 per cent of the kangaroo population in each harvest zone.

Impacts of the 2019/20 bushfire season

Harvesting under the program was suspended in response to the 2019/20 summer bushfires. An assessment was carried out to determine the impacts of the bushfires on the kangaroo populations in the two worst-affected harvest zones, the North East and Gippsland Zones.

The findings of this assessment are detailed in a report produced by the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research.

Harvesting has now recommenced in all harvest zones, except in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) where kangaroos were most heavily impacted - the Towong, Alpine and East Gippsland Shires. These LGAs will remain closed to harvesting until the end of 2020.

Kangaroo Harvesting Program reports

The KHMP commits to annual reporting on harvest statistics and on the total take of kangaroos under both the commercial kangaroo harvesting program and the ATCW system.

The report for 2019 is provided below.

Kangaroo surveys

Victoria’s first kangaroo population survey was conducted in September 2017 and was repeated in 2018 to track population trends. Further information on the kangaroo survey can be found on the Our Wildlife – Kangaroos page.

More surveys will be undertaken in the future, as required by the KHMP.

Kangaroo Pet Food Trial evaluation

The Kangaroo Harvesting Program was established after an evaluation of the former Kangaroo Pet Food Trial which found that the risks associated with commercial kangaroo processing could not be adequately managed under the trial framework.

Further information on the trial and its evaluation can be found in the following evaluation report.

Page last updated: 30/11/20