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Harvest Kangaroos or Farm Emus

Kangaroo harvesting

What permit do I need?

Different permits are required if you intend to use or sell the meat or skins from the kangaroos you shoot:

  • Shoot and part-process kangaroos in the field (kangaroo harvesting) 
  • Process human consumption-grade kangaroo meat (meat processing)
  • Treat kangaroo skins and hides (tannery).

Harvest kangaroos

To apply for a kangaroo field processor (kangaroo shooter) permit in South Australia, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age 
  • successfully complete the TAFE SA Wild Game Harvester Field Processing (Kangaroo) and Firearm Safety Training – Kangaroo Field Processing courses (or equivalent). Refer to factsheet for contact information.
  • have a current SA Firearms Licence, Class B7
  • have your vehicle tray inspected to verify it meets the Australian Standard for Hygienic Production of Wild Game Meat for Human Consumption
  • attend an interview with DEW staff.  

For information on meat hygiene accreditation contact PIRSA Biosecurity Food Safety Program:
Phone: (08) 8429 0837
Email: Bob.Thomas@sa.gov.au.

For more information about the interview with DEW staff, and to arrange an interview, contact your local DEW or Natural Resource Management office.

To apply for this permit, download the concession Class 13 form (harvesting on one property) or the full fee Class 14 form (general harvesting). You will need to provide copies of your TAFE SA course completion records, firearms licence and driver’s licence, together with the accreditation number issued by PIRSA Biosecurity Food Safety, to DEW with your permit application form. 

Permit holders must:

For more information regarding the regulation of the commercial industry, refer to Kangaroo Conservation and Management.

Process kangaroo meat (kangaroo meat processor)

You can apply for this permit if you meet DEW, PIRSA Biosecurity Food Safety and local government legislative requirements. To apply for this permit, download the Class 7 form. Permit holders must comply with the permit conditions.

Treat kangaroo skins and hides (kangaroo skin tanner)

You can apply for this permit if you meet Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and local government legislative requirements. To apply for this permit, download the Class 8 form. Permit holders must comply with the permit conditions.

What if I want to import or export kangaroos or emus into or out of the State?

You need a permit to import or export protected animals, including kangaroos, emus and their products, into or out of South Australia. Class 13 and 14 Kangaroo Field Processors cannot apply for this permit type.

Destroying kangaroos:

To control kangaroos that are damaging or likely to damage the environment, crops, stock, property, or environmental amenity (including built structures), or are posing a safety risk or hazard to people or industry, you must hold a permit to destroy wildlife.

Permit holders must comply with the conditions of their permit, and follow the guidelines below.

Emu farming

What permit do I need?

  • You need a permit to farm emus. To apply for this permit, download the Class 12 form. Permit holders must comply with the permit conditions, and certain requirements of the regulations.
  • Do you want to commercially sell protected animals from a new or alternative location to the premises for which you already hold a permit? To get approval for this, apply to add additional premises to your permit.

 Permit holders must:

How many emus can I keep to farm?

Local councils can restrict the species and number of animals a person may keep on their property. You must check with your local council before obtaining an animal, as bylaws or restrictions may apply.

Guidelines and forms

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