Crocodile Control and Conservation Bill 2024

About the bill 

On 22 May 2024, Mr Shane Knuth MP, Member for Hill, introduced the Crocodile Control and Conservation Bill 2024 into the Queensland Parliament and referred it to the Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee for examination. The committee is required to report on its examination of the Bill within 6 months of its introduction.   

View: Explanatory speech 
View: Bill 
View: Explanatory Notes 
View: Statement of compatibility 

The Bill aims to eliminate from state waterways any crocodiles that pose a threat to human life, while continuing to protect crocodiles from becoming extinct as a species. 

The Bill would establish a Queensland Crocodile Authority to be based in Cairns and appoint a director of the authority with the following functions:

  1. to take measures to minimise injuries and deaths caused by crocodiles in the State
  2. to authorise persons, in any part of the State, to operate a crocodile farm, or a crocodile sanctuary
  3. to decide the number of crocodile eggs that may be harvested each year in any part of the State
  4. to authorise persons to harvest crocodile eggs in any part of the State
  5. to decide the number of crocodiles that may be culled each year in any part of the State
  6. to authorise persons to carry out the culling of crocodiles in any part of the State
  7. to authorise persons to, for the prompt management of crocodiles, kill or relocate crocodiles in any part of the State
  8. for Aboriginal land or Torres Strait Islander land—to authorise the owner of the land to—
    1. kill crocodiles on the land, or
    2. allow other persons to kill crocodiles on the land, for payment of a fee or free of charge, or
    3. relocate crocodiles on the land to a crocodile sanctuary or crocodile farm, or
    4. harvest crocodile eggs on the land, or
    5. otherwise manage crocodiles on the land
  9. for State leasehold land or other land that is not State land—to authorise a person to, with the consent of the owner of the land, enter the land to—
    1. kill crocodiles on the land, or
    2. relocate relocate crocodiles on the land to a crocodile sanctuary or crocodile farm,
    3. harvest crocodile eggs on the land
  10. to authorise persons to otherwise display, interact with, keep, or use crocodiles or crocodile eggs in any part of the State
  11. if requested by the owner of land, to authorise a person to remove a crocodile from the land
  12. to ensure the carcasses of all crocodiles killed under an authorisation granted by the director are dealt with so that, as far as practicable, no part of a carcass is wasted
  13. to refer the suspected commission of offences relating to crocodiles or crocodile eggs to the police service
  14. to coordinate research into, and the routine surveying of crocodile, and crocodile egg, numbers and distribution in the State
  15. to promote the farming of crocodiles and the harvesting of crocodile eggs in the State
  16. to investigate viability of the use of State land to farm crocodiles or as crocodile sanctuaries
  17. to declare and manage crocodile sanctuaries and populated waterways
  18. to make recommendations to the Legislative Assembly about crocodile management in the State
  19. to manage the authority’s affairs.

The Bill provides that, in carrying out these functions, director must: 

  • consult with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples with regard to the Aboriginal tradition or Island custom in relation to land, and potential economic or social benefits of actions for the Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • not do anything the director reasonably believes will cause, or is likely to cause, the population size of crocodiles to decline to such an extent that crocodiles are in danger of extinction.

The Bill would require the director to review the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, within 6 months of commencement, with the purpose of establishing a ‘zero-tolerance zone’ in the plan.

The Bill also provides for an advisory committee to be established to advise the director in the performance of the director’s functions, and for the director to report annually to the Minister about the authority’s operations. 

Further information

Further information including written briefings, correspondence, response to submissions, transcripts and answers to questions taken on notice are available under the Related Publications tab.

Call for submissions

The committee invites submissions on any aspect of the Bill, from all interested parties.  Guidelines for making a submission to a parliamentary committee are available here: Guide to making a submission

Submitters are encouraged to make a submission to the inquiry through the committee’s online submission portal.  Click here to make an online submission

The closing date for written submissions is 10am on Monday, 15 July 2024

To be considered by the committee, submissions must include:

  • the author’s name
  • if the submission is made on behalf of an organisation, the level of approval (e.g. a local branch, executive committee or national organisation), and
  • at least two of the following:
  • email address
  • mailing address, and
  • daytime telephone number.

Please ensure your submission includes the above or it may not be considered by the committee.

Please note: Your name and submission may be published on the committee’s inquiry webpage, which will mean it can be viewed on the internet. You can request for your name to be withheld from your published submission, or for both your name and your submission to be kept confidential (i.e. not published). Decisions about whether and how submissions are published are at the discretion of the committee.

PUBLIC PROCEEDINGS

The committee held a public briefing on the Bill on Friday, 21 June 2024. A public hearing will be held on Monday, 19 August 2024

Further information about these proceedings will be published on this page in due course.

Committee’s report

The committee is required to table its report within 6 months of the introduction of the Bill. The report will be published here.

Timeline

Submissions Close:10am on Monday, 15 July 2024
Public briefing:Friday, 21 June 2024 - Program - Broadcast - Proof Transcript
Public hearing:Monday, 19 August 2024
Report due date:The committee has agreed to report by 20 September 2024
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