Native game bird species in NSW can only be hunted under the native game bird management program of the Department of Primary Industries.

This program allows landholders to sustainably manage native game birds on agricultural lands in NSW.

Once you hold a management licence, you can: 


  • If you are an owner or occupier of private land used for agricultural purposes and need to manage native game birds, you can apply for a NSW Native Game Bird Management (Owner/Occupier) Licence
  • Everyone who hunts native game birds under this program needs to hold a current NSW Game Hunting Licence that is endorsed for native game bird hunting. 

What you need

  • the property details (and landholder's authority to hunt there)
  • details of the numbers and type of bird species that need to be managed
  • the PDF form – 'Application for a Native Game Bird Management (Owner/Occupier) Licence'.

How to apply

  1. Select the 'Download PDF form' button.
  2. Print and complete the form.
  3. Submit your application by email or mail to the details on the form.

More information

  • A landholder licence will only be issued for sustainable agricultural management purposes, which means native game birds must be impacting agricultural lands and a management licence will contribute positively to farm, regional and the State's productivity and economy
  • Owner/Occupier licences are issued for one year.
Last updated: 28 November 2023

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