The Kangaroo Pet Food trial commenced in March 2014, allowing the use of kangaroo meat resulting from authorised wildlife control activities to be processed for pet food.
This trial has been extended until March 2018 to test its sustainability over a longer period and to expand the geographic area of the trial.
While kangaroos are protected in Victoria, there are situations where kangaroos can cause damage which can negatively affect Victorian farmers, regional communities and biodiversity. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) issues Authority to Control Wildlife (ATCWs) under section 28A of the Wildlife Act 1975 for the control of kangaroos where they are demonstrated to be damaging pasture, crops or other property or impacting on biodiversity values.
Wherever possible, DELWP advocates non-lethal management of kangaroos. Where non-lethal techniques are ineffective or impractical, lethal control may be necessary.
The vast majority of kangaroo carcasses from kangaroos controlled under an ATCW are buried or left onsite to decompose.
The Victorian Government commenced a Kangaroo Pet Food Trial (KPFT) in March 2014 to allow the use of kangaroo carcasses resulting from authorised control activities to be processed for pet food. This trial has been extended until March 2018 to test its sustainability over a longer period and to expand the geographic area of the trial.
The trial does not change the requirement for a landholder applying for an ATCW to demonstrate that kangaroos are causing property damage.
All participants in the trial must adhere to the Wildlife Act 1975. Participating professional shooters are also required to adhere to strict conditions consistent with the National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos to ensure that kangaroos are controlled humanely. There are severe penalties for non-compliance with the Act and the conditions.
The trial was originally conducted in 12 local government areas (LGAs) in North East and Western Victoria. From the 19 September 2016, four additional areas were added to the extended trial.
Landholders in the following 16 LGAs are eligible to participate in the trial:
LGAs in North East Victoria:
- Greater Bendigo*
LGAs in Western Victoria:
- Northern Grampians
- Southern Grampians
- West Wimmera*
* from 19 September 2016
KPFT fact sheets
For an overview of the trial:
Information for landholders:
Information for professional shooters:
Information for pet meat processing facilities: