Conservation and management

    Together, the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan (PDF, 2.1MB) and the Nature Conservation (Estuarine Crocodile) Conservation Plan 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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.

    The Nature Conservation (Estuarine Crocodile) Conservation Plan 2018 includes provisions to authorise an individual or corporation to harvest estuarine crocodile eggs under a commercial wildlife harvesting licence, however strict limitations and requirements are in place. For more information, see crocodile egg harvesting.

    Queensland Crocodile Management Plan

    The Queensland Crocodile Management Plan (PDF, 2.1MB) 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, 403.5KB) was released on 30 October 2016.

    Queensland Crocodile Management Update 2017

    In early 2017, the Queensland Government introduced an enhanced crocodile management program made up of three parts:

    1. a three-year estuarine crocodile monitoring program and related crocodile research
    2. crocodile management – a CrocWatch telephone service for reporting crocodile sightings; investigating crocodile sighting reports; installing crocodile warning signs; removing ‘problem crocodiles’; and operating a publicly accessible CrocWatch database outlining crocodile management actions
    3. risk reduction through a collaborative Crocwise public safety education campaign.

    The Queensland Crocodile Management Update 2017 (PDF, 1.4MB) gives a snapshot of the key achievements under each part of the program during 2017.

    Queensland Crocodile Monitoring Plan

    The Queensland Crocodile Monitoring Plan (PDF, 1.4MB)  provides guidance for staff from the department implementing crocodile monitoring and reconnaissance in Queensland, and sets out the scientific rationale and approach for Queensland Crocodile Monitoring Program.

    The Queensland Crocodile Monitoring Program is a three-year monitoring program, which will comprehensively assess estuarine crocodile population, and distribution trends in waterways from Gladstone to the Northern Territory border. The program commenced in April 2017, and is the first comprehensive survey of crocodile population numbers and composition in Queensland for over a decade.

    Crocodile management zones

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

    More information about the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan and the crocodile management zones can be found in the information sheet (PDF, 252.7KB) .  

    Historic crocodile surveys

    Distribution and abundance of the estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus Schneider, 1801) in waterways of Queensland's populated east coast: Report to Hon. Lindy Nelson-Carr MP (2007) (see availability)

    Report on the distribution and abundance of the estuarine crocodile, (Crocodylus porosus) in Queensland: waterways of the populated east coast area (2010) (see availability)

    Available from the library catalogue

    The documents referred to on this page are available from the department’s online library catalogue.