Crocodile Management


In 2013, the Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation were announced as the successful contractors for the highly competitive tender, Provision of private operator estuarine crocodile monitoring and capture service for the North Queensland coastline from north of the Cairns Trinity Inlet to Ellis Beach.

The Corporation draws on their considerable experience in successfully managing a range of programs and projects to deliver environmental and natural resource management services. The Corporation has the people, resources, and equipment to deliver the required crocodile management services. Our Crocodile Management Team has a combined experience of over 30 years in crocodile management.

As current Contractors for the Queensland Government, the Corporation works in close partnership with the Department of Environment and Science (formerly Department of Environment and Heritage Protection) to help minimise negative interactions between wildlife and communities, and managing risks where they arise in an effective, efficient, and ethical manner.

The estuarine crocodile monitoring program is not a culling program. 

Crocodiles that are targeted for removal is conducted in accordance with the:

  • Cairns Regional Council Saltwater Crocodile Management 2013;
  • Queensland Crocodile Management Plan 2017;
  • Code of Practice for the Taking, Handling, and Transportation of Crocodiles under the Nature Conservation Act 1992;
  • Animal Care and Protection Act 2001; 

Crocodiles that are removed are safely re-located to crocodile farms and zoos in North Queensland.

The Corporation has received guidance, training and expertise from the Wildlife/Crocodile Management Teams at Department of Environment and Science (Queensland); Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (Northern Territory), and Professor Grahame Webb (Wildlife Management International and as Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Crocodile Specialist Group).



Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles are an important part of north and central Queensland’s wetlands, freshwater and marine areas. They are often the largest predator in these areas and help to maintain the overall health and balance of these ecosystems.

Estuarine crocodiles live mainly in tidal reaches of rivers, as well as in freshwater lagoons, swamps and waterways. They can occur along some of the beaches and around inshore islands. Estuarine crocodiles can be active at any time.

Just because you can't see them, doesn't mean they are not there. Never take unnecessary risks in crocodile habitat.

When you are in croc country, be crocwise. And stay safe, don't risk your life.

You are responsible for your own safety.

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