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New South Wales Hunting Laws and Regulations

Who is required to complete hunter education in New South Wales?

In NSW, Hunter Education depends on the type of animal to be hunted; the land to be hunted on (public or private); and the reason for hunting the animal.

Is completion of the New South Wales state agency-approved course required in order to apply or buy a license?

Yes, in many cases. In order to apply or buy a licence, states require that all first-time hunters must complete a course approved by the state agency and IHEA-USA.


Hunting education is currently required in several U.S. states, Canadian provinces and other countries that allow regulated hunting.


All U.S. states, provinces, and other countries that have mandatory hunter education requirements will accept the New South Wales R-Licence. Likewise, New South Wales will accept Hunter Education certifications that are issued by other jurisdictions that meet official IHEA-USA requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)

What Makes a Course Approved?

To be approved by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, a course must teach hunters to become:

  • Safe (by following all hunting safety rules)
  • Responsible (about hunting, wildlife, ethics, and hunting laws)
  • Knowledgeable (by knowing and demonstrating acceptable behavior and attitudes while hunting)
  • Involved (in joining and participating in Approved Hunting Organisations)

Meets IHEA-USA Standards

This New South Wales Hunter Ed online hunting education course was developed in accordance with the standards set forth by IHEA-USA and meets the requirements for the New South Wales Restricted Game Hunting Licence mandate.

About the Standards

In 1999 the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) adopted a set of performance guidelines for basic hunter education courses. These standards have been used internationally by hunter education administrators to evaluate minimum core content in hunter education courses. Industry partners, including the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and Hunter Ed, have used the revised standards to develop new student manuals and alternative delivery methods for hunter education.

Our Commitment to Hunter Education

Hunter Ed is committed to making sure New South Wales hunter education students learn the skills and information needed to have a safe, successful, and enjoyable hunt. We strive to ensure this New South Wales online hunter safety course helps you become a more knowledgeable and ethical hunter. Educated hunters play an important role in the success of the New South Wales Public Land Hunting Program.

We accomplish that goal by working with New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and IHEA-USA to produce a course that’s accurate, interesting, and easy to understand.

As a new hunter, you can be proud of your strong contribution to hunting and the New South Wales community.

Get Accredited Online!

New R-Licence applicants can take this New South Wales-approved course to qualify for a Restricted Game Hunting Licence. You must also complete the R-Licence catagories of your choice from section 2

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