Kangaroo control since the program began

Every year, DELWP reports on harvest statistics and the total take of kangaroos under both the Kangaroo Harvesting Program (KHP) and the Authority to Control Wildlife (ATCW) system.

Since the KHP began late in 2019, the number of landholders choosing to use professional harvesters, rather than apply for ATCW has been increasing.

Between October and December 2019 (the KHP was established in October 2019) 22% of kangaroo control was performed through the KHP. This increased to 51% in 2021.

Breakdown of total kangaroo control in Victoria

Pie charts showing that in 2019, 2020 and 2021 control through the KHO made up 22, 39 and 51 per cent of total kangaroo control.

Summary of harvesting activity in 2021

KHP statistics for 2021 are provided in the table below. Overall, just over 62,000 kangaroos – or 3% of the estimated population within harvest zones – were harvested through the KHP. As in 2020, harvesters did not use the full quote allocation available to them. The use of quota varied greatly between harvest zones. Statewide, two thirds (66%) of the available quota was used.

ZoneKHP quota availableKHP quota harvested% Harvest zone population harvested
Lower Wimmera25,85019,4205%
North East6,0204,7312%
Upper Wimmera9,6106,5605%

Combined harvesting activity and ATCW permits in 2021

Across the 7 harvest zones, 6% of Eastern and Western Grey kangaroos were taken, either through the KHP or controlled under ATCW permits. This is within the 10% maximum recommended by the Arthur Rylah Institute.

More quota was available to KHP harvesters in 2021 than in 2020, however, there was no significant increase in the combined (KHP and ATCW) number of kangaroos controlled in 2021 compared to the previous year.

ZoneRecommended total take (ATCW and KHP combined)Total take (ATCW and KHP combined)% population taken (ATCW and KHP combined)
Lower Wimmera42,80030,1097%
North East24,00023,54510%
Upper Wimmera13,8508,6226%

The total combined take of kangaroos in one zone, the Mallee, was above the recommended figure. DELWP monitors the total number of kangaroos taken through the KHP and ATCWs throughout the year.

In 2021, the KHP quota for each zone was released quarterly. Prior to the final quarterly release of quota, DELWP identified that the total take in the North-East zone was likely to reach or exceed the recommended maximum if the full quota allocation for this zone was released due to higher than anticipated uptake ATCWs. To protect this population from being impacted, the KHP quota for this zone was adjusted and there was no final quarter allocation of quota in this zone.

Monitoring of taking in the Mallee did not show high levels of taking prior to the final release of quota, therefore no adjustment was made to its quota at the time. A significant increase in the number of kangaroos approved for control through ATCWs in the final weeks of 2021 led to the reported level of taking in this zone exceeding the recommended maximum. ATCW permits are valid for 12 months and control approved under a permit can be carried out at any point during that time. It is highly unlikely that all control approved through ATCWs issued late in 2021 was enacted before the end of the year.

As required in the KHMP, DELWP will monitor the number of kangaroos taken throughout 2022 and will take steps to ensure that the sustainability of kangaroo populations is maintained.

Annual reports

Page last updated: 31/03/22