Information for dealers

Buying and processing

Restrictions apply to storing and moving macropods products.

Read the Information sheet—Storage and Movement of Macropods (PDF, 50KB) and Commercial Macropod Licence (PDF, 42KB) for further information.

A minimum carcass weight and skin size is set each year in the harvest period notice. The minimum sizes are set to ensure that only mature macropods are harvested. The aim of current size limits is that an animal would have a live body weight of approximately 20kg and has, therefore, spent time as a breeding adult in the population.

Trade gradings apply to the size of macropod skins for each species.

For eastern grey kangaroos, red kangaroos and common wallaroos:

  • Large > 0.65 sq m
  • Medium 0.46–0.65 sq m
  • Small 0.41–0.46 sq m


The Australian Government controls the export of wildlife products. To ensure macropods are conserved, and that any commercial harvesting of macropods is ecologically sustainable, each state is required to prepare a Wildlife Trade Management Plan under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 before export is allowed.

The Queensland Wildlife Trade Management Plan for Export—Commercially Harvested Macropods (2018–2022) (PDF, 1.87MB) describes:

  • how macropod harvesting and dealing will be regulated
  • how the macropod populations will be monitored
  • how over-harvesting and illegal harvesting will be prevented
  • other conservation practices.

For further information on exporting kangaroo products visit the Australian Government Department of the Environment website.

Return of operations (Transactions with Harvesters)

Application—Dealer Return Book(s) and Movement Advice(s) (PDF, 70KB).

A return of operations book is used to record the particular details of the macropods harvested during a harvest period.

The holder or relevant person of licenced dealer sites must complete their return of operations and submit it to the Department of Environment and Science within 14 days of the end of the month.