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Conservation and management

Together, the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan (PDF, 2.2M) and the Nature Conservation (Estuarine Crocodile) Conservation Plan 2007 (PDF) provide Queensland’s strategic management framework to ensure the conservation of estuarine crocodiles in the wild, and reduce the risks to public safety from crocodiles.

Conservation plan

The purposes of the Nature Conservation (Estuarine Crocodile) Conservation Plan 2007 (PDF) are to:

  1. conserve viable populations of estuarine crocodiles in the wild
  2. protect humans from problem crocodiles
  3. prevent the loss of aquaculture fisheries resources, stock and working dogs caused by problem crocodile attacks
  4. ensure the commercial use of estuarine crocodiles is ecologically sustainable.

The Nature Conservation (Estuarine Crocodile) Conservation Plan 2007 outlines the circumstances under which a crocodile may be considered a problem crocodile and therefore targeted for removal from the wild. This is complemented by the detailed guidance in the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan regarding when, and where, the chief executive may consider a crocodile is a problem crocodile.

Queensland Crocodile Management Plan

The Queensland Crocodile Management Plan (PDF, 2.2M) is the overarching framework for the statewide management of public safety risks associated with crocodiles in Queensland. Management is based on crocodile management zones where crocodiles are removed in certain circumstances across different areas of the state in accordance with the level of risk posed.

The Queensland Crocodile Management Plan was developed following consultation with key stakeholders and the broader community. A report outlining the results of the consultation process (PDF, 403K) was released on 30 October 2016.

Crocodile management zones

The crocodile management zones are shown on the following crocodile management zone maps:

Last updated
14 March 2017