The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Livestock Group welcomes the release today of the permanent
Kangaroo Harvesting Program to help manage kangaroo populations in Victoria.
“After 5 years of advocating for the pet food trial to be made permanent, today we welcome the Kangaroo
Harvesting Program which will improve kangaroo management, cut red tape for farmers, and bring Victoria
in line with other states,” said Mr Leonard Vallance, VFF Livestock President.
The Kangaroo Harvesting Program will feature a standardised form for landowners to provide written
consent for the harvester to cull kangaroos on the landowner’s property. Farmers are being encouraged to
ask the harvester for evidence of their authorisation to harvest kangaroos and that they have appropriate
“It’s positive to see that the program removes the administrative burden of kangaroo management on
farmers. Farmers will no longer need to apply for a permit or prove kangaroo damage has occurred on their
property to access the new kangaroo pet food program,” said Mr Vallance.
“However, we are still concerned that kangaroo control in Victoria is being managed by two Government
departments, and whether departmental delays will hinder the efficiency of the process. We also want to
ensure that the kangaroo pet food supply chain doesn’t drown in red tape as this program is rolled out.
“The kangaroo population in Victoria has exploded in recent years to well beyond natural levels. The
abnormally large kangaroo population is having a serious impact on agricultural businesses, native habitats,
regional road safety, and the welfare of the kangaroos themselves.
“During the Kangaroo Pet Food Trial, we were inundated with calls from members who have lost pasture and
crops, and had fences ruined by large numbers of kangaroos. It was a clear message from the farming
community that a permanent kangaroo harvest program was needed,” said Mr Vallance.
The VFF will continue to provide feedback to Government agencies and contribute to the program review in
late 2020 to ensure the program is effective for all stakeholders, and that sensible quotas are set to manage
kangaroo welfare and support farmers to relieve any additional grazing pressures during the drier summer
Leonard Vallance, VFF Livestock Group President, 0417 551 547
Heather Smillie, VFF Stakeholder, Media & Communications Officer, 0400 874 589
About the VFF
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is dedicated to representing the interests of farmers and making a
positive difference to their businesses and communities. We strive to create an environment for our
members, our farmers, that enables profitable, safe, sustainable production to ensure an enduring social
licence in a community that respects and values the sector.