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KIAA Newsletter

September 2018

Welcome to the first KIAA newsletter designed to keep you up-to-date on the issues, innovations and news relating to the commercial kangaroo industry. In each edition, we will highlight some of the opportunities and challenges facing the industry, and how KIAA is addressing them.

What do people think of our industry?

The kangaroo industry is a dynamic and valuable part of the economy, environment and community of Australia. We help maintain a balance in kangaroo population numbers, generate more than 2,000 jobs, contribute more than $200 million to the Australian economy and provide high-quality meat and leather products to the world. We do this with the utmost respect and care for all kangaroo and wallaby species, and our natural environment.

In order to grow a humane and sustainable industry, we work with a range of experts including government, regulatory bodies, environmentalists, primary producers and the broader community. Some of these individuals share their perspectives on the important economical and environmental role of the commercial harvest in a series of testimonial videos now available on the KIAA website.

We invite you to have a look and share them with your peers. 
Professor Michael Archer

Kangaroos in the cloud

The kangaroo industry is undertaking an exciting new project to digitise its harvest reporting to government, making the process faster and more accurate.

All licenced harvesters are required to purchase lockable tags from state governments and apply these to the kangaroos they harvest. Until now, they have been required to return a form to the relevant government departments to report on the species of kangaroos harvested, the property they came off, and the weight and sex of the animal. This often resulted in a lag in processing the data. 

KIAA has recently contracted an IT company to devise a tag that can be read by a mobile phone app and deliver real-time reporting on which species are taken, when, where and by whom. Harvesters will apply the tag to kangaroos when harvested, scan it, and the app will update the time and location accordingly, leaving only the species, sex and weight to be manually entered. The information will be automatically sent to the state governments, which will vastly improve their capacity to manage the harvest.


Kangaroo culling laws relaxed in NSW
The NSW Government has relaxed its kangaroo culling laws as part of its drought strategy after declaring 100 per cent of the State in drought. The change will reduce the red tape for farmers wanting to shoot kangaroos on their properties to protect their crops and livestock. It is devised to help NSW reach its kangaroo quota, of which only 13 per cent is currently used. KIAA was not consulted on the change and has raised potential animal welfare concerns resulting from the change.
The three KIAA pillars
KIAA has released three factsheets outlining its position in relation to its three pillars: humane treatment, sustainable management and improving standards. These address the ways in which we are ensuring the industry complies with all national and international standards and regulations, as well as how we are setting the benchmark for humane and sustainable wild animal harvesting on the world stage.
The Bounce
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