Crocodile management

Estuarine crocodiles were hunted to near extinction by the 1970s and are now classed as a vulnerable species under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA).

It is the Queensland Government’s responsibility to manage estuarine crocodiles under the NCA and the Nature Conservation (Estuarine Crocodile) Conservation Plan 2018, balancing crocodile conservation and public safety.

The purpose of the Nature Conservation (Estuarine Crocodile) Conservation Plan 2018 is to:

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

Queensland Crocodile Management Plan

The Queensland Crocodile Management Plan (QCMP) (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 QCMP was developed following consultation with key stakeholders and the broader community.

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) .