Northern Territory Government

Saltwater crocodiles live in both saltwater and freshwater areas of the Northern Territory (NT). They are common throughout the Top End and Katherine regions.

Communities are responsible for their own safety when it comes to living with wildlife.

Allowing people to swim in waterways in your community is a big responsibility. 

You should consider the risk and take actions to limit them if you are going to allow swimming in your community.

There are many ways to inform people in your community about how to live safely with saltwater crocodiles.

  • Post signs onto boat ramps and along waterways warning of the dangers of swimming in saltwater crocodile country.
  • Boat ramps make it safer to launch boats.
  • Install and maintain bins and fish cleaning stations at boat ramps and popular fishing spots.
  • Encourage schools to study saltwater crocodiles and to contact the Parks and Wildlife Commission or the local Ranger group to request a Be Crocwise presentation for students.
  • Encourage local councils and Art Centres to place artwork in public spaces around community that tells of the dangers of saltwater crocodiles.
  • Encourage local radio or other media outlets to provide coverage of saltwater crocodile related issues in your community.
  • You can report a problem crocodile 24 hours a day.

You must have a permit to destroy or interfere with a crocodile in the Northern Territory.