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Farm emus or harvest kangaroos

Emus and kangaroos are protected animals in South Australia. They are also commercially valuable. Permits are available to people wishing to farm emus or harvest kangaroos in a sustainable and respectful manner. 

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.

Kangaroo harvesting

What permit do I need?

There are different permits to carry out the following activities commercially:

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

Shoot and part-process kangaroos in the field

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 courses in Game Meat Field Kangaroo Processing and Firearms Proficiency Course for Field Processors (or equivalent)
  • have a current SA Firearms Licence, Class B7
  • have your vehicle tray inspected to verify it meets the Australian Standard for the hygienic processing of kangaroos for human consumption
  • attend an interview with representatives of the Kangaroo Management Program of the Department for Environment and Water (DEW).  

For information on accreditation contact Biosecurity SA:

Phone: (08) 8429 0837
Email: Bob.Thomas@sa.gov.au.

For information about the interview with DEW's Kangaroo Management Program, and to arrange an interview, contact DEW on:

Phone: (08) 8648 5318
Fax: (08) 8648 5301
Email: KMP@sa.gov.au

To apply for this permit, download the concession Class 13 form or the full fee Class 14 form. 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 Biosecurity SA, to DEW with your permit application form. 

Permit holders must:

  • comply with the permit conditions
  • abide by codes of practice and other policies. See our kangaroo guidelines for more information.

Process human consumption-grade kangaroo meat

You can apply for this permit if you meet DEW, PIRSA, SA Health 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 (tannery)

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 emus or kangaroos into or out of the state?

You need a permit to import or export protected animals, including emus and kangaroos and their products, into or out of South Australia.

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