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Kangaroo conservation and management

The department is responsible for the conservation and management of three abundant kangaroo species in South Australia:

  • red kangaroo (Macropus rufus)
  • western grey kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus melanops)
  • euro (Macropus robustus).

These species are widespread in South Australia and protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.

European settlement has been to the advantage of larger-bodied kangaroos; they have increased access to water and grazing land and are less preyed on by dingoes. Their numbers have increased, which can cause detrimental environmental, economic and social impacts.

To guide how we manage and monitor these abundant kangaroo populations, the department develops five year management plans in consultation with the public.

The South Australian Commercial Kangaroo Management Plan 2018 - 2022

Draft South Australian Commercial Kangaroo Management Plan 2020-2024
Community input is now being sought on the draft South Australian Commercial Kangaroo Management Plan 2020-2024. It includes proposed changes to the commercial harvest of kangaroos in South Australia, particularly in relation to where commercial harvest can occur, the species that are included, and how the Department for Environment and Water gathers and uses data to manage these kangaroo populations.

The South Australian Commercial Kangaroo Management Plan 2018-2022 was developed based on an internal and external review of the previous 2013 - 2017 plan.

With advice from the Kangaroo Management Reference Group, a draft version of the 2018 - 2022 plan was prepared and released for public consultation on the YourSAy website between 27 February and 21 April 2017. 

Input was sought from the kangaroo industry, regulatory bodies, land managers, peak bodies  and animal welfare groups and then analysed and used to inform the final version of the plan.

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