How quotas are set

The annual Eastern and Western Grey kangaroo quota is 10% of the total statewide population. This includes the Kangaroo Harvesting Program (KHP) and the Authority to Control Wildlife (ATCW) system.

The number of kangaroos controlled through the KHP and the ATCW system is closely monitored to ensure it remains sustainable.

ATCWs are assessed on a case by case basis, and the number granted in any one year is not capped. To ensure the level of take across both systems is sustainable, the harvesting program quota may be reduced or suspended during the year if levels approach the recommended maximum. Any changes in quota will be advertised on the DJPR website.

Where harvesting can take place

Harvesting can occur in 58 of Victoria’s 79 local government areas, which are grouped into 7 harvest zones across Victoria. These are Central, Gippsland, North East, Lower Wimmera, Mallee, North East, Otway and Upper Wimmera.

The map below shows the location of the harvest zones, while the table shows which local government areas are included in each zone and those where harvesting cannot occur.

Map of Victorian Kangaroo Harvesting Program zones

CentralGippsland North EastOtway
Ballarat Bass Coast Alpine Colac Otway
Brimbank Baw Baw Benalla Corangamite
Hepburn Cardinia Campaspe Golden Plains
Hume Casey Greater Bendigo Greater Geelong
Macedon Ranges East Gippsland Greater Shepparton Hobsons Bay
Melton Latrobe Indigo Moyne
Mitchell Mornington Peninsula Mansfield Surf Coast
Moorabool South Gippsland Moira Warnambool
Mount Alexander Wellington Strathbogie Wyndham
Murrindindi   Towong  
Nillumbik   Wangaratta  
Whittlesea   Wodonga  
Yarra Ranges    
Lower WimmeraMallee Upper Wimmera
Ararat Mildura Buloke
Central Goldfields   Hindmarsh
Gannawarra   Horsham
Glenelg   Swan Hill
Loddon   West Wimmera
Northern Grampians   Yarriambiack
Pyrenees   
Southern Grampians 

The KHP is not permitted to operate in the local government areas listed below. However, kangaroo control may still be undertaken in these areas with an ATCW permit.

Kangaroo Harvest Permit exclusion areas

  • Banyule
  • Bayside
  • Boroondara
  • Darebin
  • Frankston
  • Glen Eira
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Kingston
  • Knox
  • Manningham
  • Maribyrnong
  • Maroondah
  • Melbourne
  • Moonee Valley
  • Monash
  • Port Phillip
  • Stonnington
  • Whitehorse
  • Yarra

2022 quota

The 2022 KHP quota has been set at a maximum of 127,850. This is spread across the 7 harvest zones as shown in the table below.

Zone2022 maximum quota
Central46,150
Gippsland13,100
North East4,950
Otway20,650
Lower Wimmera30,550
Mallee1,050
Upper Wimmera11,400
TOTAL127,850

Quota reports and more information

Each year, the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (ARI) prepares Kangaroo harvest quotas for Victoria report with recommendations for the following year’s KHP quota. These reports provide information on the science used to calculate quotas.

Quota determinations are used to set the quota for the upcoming year (with the quota being based on the advice provided in the ARI reports).

ARI reports, Quota determinations and fact sheets for year of the program can be found below.

Page last updated: 31/03/22