Help guide how we manage and monitor abundant kangaroo species and the commercial kangaroo industry.
What is being decided?
Community input is now being sought on the draft South Australian Commercial Kangaroo Management Plan 2020-2024.
The plan 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 current South Australian Commercial Kangaroo Management Plan 2018-2022 allows for the commercial harvesting of the three common kangaroo species in South Australia (red kangaroos, western grey kangaroos and euros) and the commercial export of kangaroo products. It outlines how the industry is regulated by the Department for Environment and Water, Biosecurity SA and the Australian Government.
The main goal of the kangaroo management program is to regulate the sustainable, commercial harvest of kangaroos in SA to safeguard the conservation of kangaroo species to be harvested in the natural environment. The program is based on scientific evidence and is underpinned by an adherence to the animal welfare requirements outlined in legislation and the National Code of Practice for the Humane Shooting of Kangaroos and Wallabies for Commercial Purposes.
However, since the adoption of the current plan in 2018, kangaroo numbers have increased across much of the state and primary producers and regional communities have felt constrained in their ability to manage the overabundance within the current system.
In response a new draft plan has been developed.
Read the draft South Australian Commercial Kangaroo Management Plan 2020-2024 and provide your feedback.
Please note: the harvesting of kangaroos is a necessary activity supported by legislation. Comments received about the merits of implementing kangaroo management in South Australia or that demonstrate a philosophical objection to kangaroo harvesting will be received and noted. See consultation guidelines for further details.
How can your input influence the decision?
Your input will help finalise this draft management plan, which government will then use to regulate how it manages and monitors abundant kangaroo species and the commercial kangaroo industry for the next five years.
What are the next steps?
A report outlining ‘what we heard’ and ‘what changed as a result’ will be prepared and published here and on the DEW Kangaroo Conservation and Management webpage in early 2020.
Based on this feedback, a new management plan will be prepared and sent to the South Australian Minister for Environment and Water for approval and adoption. The final management plan will also be published here and on the Department for Environment and Water website in 2020.
For further information:
phone: (08) 8648 5300
Closing date: 5pm Friday 6 September 2019