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Pest control

Local Land Services help landholders by providing advice and assistance in eradicating declared pest species. We also work with private and government stakeholders to develop vertebrate pest management plans and cooperative management programs.

Species currently declared pests in NSW are:

  • wild rabbits
  • wild dogs
  • feral pigs
  • foxes (European Red)
  • feral camels (Western Division of NSW only)
  • a number of locust species (the Australian Plague, Spur-Throated and Migratory).

Under the Local Land Services Act 2013 all land managers in NSW, whether on public or private land, have an obligation to control declared pest species on their land.

Other animals such as mice are classed as nuisance animals in NSW and while there is no obligation for a landholder to control these species, Local Land Services can provide advice and assistance in their control.

Remember, you are required under legislation to control these pests and your local office can best advise you on how to do this.

Statewide pest animal review

The NSW Government has set a tougher target on regional pest management and improved deer control strategies as part of its response to the Natural Resource Commission’s (NRC) review of pest animal management.

The statewide review made 33 recommendations to Government for improving the management of pest animals across all land tenures and to develop long- term solutions. We are in the process of responding to these recommendations.

Read more about the NSW Government's response to the NRC review of pest animal management.

Pest animal management committees

One of the key actions from the NSW Government's response to the NRC review of pest animal management was the implementation of 11 regional pest animal committees and 11 regional pest animal management plans.

The intent of the regional plans is to provide a framework for priority pest animals and management activities to be identified across key stakeholders in pest animal management and all land tenures for a more effective and inclusive method to managing pest animals. 

Local Land Services is coordinating the development of the regional pest animal committees and plans, working closely with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Eleven regional pest animal committees have been formed and are comprised representative from major land uses in the region and relevant environment and industry representatives.

Committees are underway conducing rigorous, evidence based assessments to determine priority pest animals and activities in each region.

All community members will have their opportunity to provide input into each regional plan in March 2018 when regions will hold public information session and plans will be out for public consultation.

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How biosecurity officers can help

At the local level our biosecurity officers:

  • provide advice with eradicating declared pest species
  • coordinate management plans to control vertebrate pests
  • inspect properties for declared pests and help you to develop a plan to control pest populations
  • provide advice on controlling nuisance animals – either through group baiting programs (organised with your neighbours) or individual control methods
  • help you obtain suitable control options

Many biosecurity officers also play a livestock health role, particularly through their role as stock inspectors.

They are responsible for the management of Travelling Stock Reserves in their district and carry out infrastructure maintenance such as fencing, upgrading of watering points, weed control and pest animal control.

They also handle stock movement permits and stock identification.

Biosecurity officers also form part of our rapid response effort in outbreaks such as equine influenza.

Purchasing baits

Local Land Services staff will be able to advise you on purchasing baits such as meat, carrots, grain, pellets, depending on your needs. Local Land Services sell baits to ratepayers on a cost recovery basis.

Joining a group control program

Coordinated group control programs are the most effective method of controlling pest animals across the landscape.

Each year our biosecurity officers coordinate hundreds of group programs using a variety of control methods. Landholders are encouraged to participate through newsletters, field days and other promotions.

To find out more about group control programs in your area contact your local Local Land Services office.

1080 and Pindone course

We run a short training course regularly which allow you to use 1080 and Pindone baits on your property.

The three-hour course will give landholders a clear understanding of 1080 and Pindone use and their legal obligations.

The AQF chemical application courses remain a requirement for use of any other pesticide.

The training courses are delivered by Local Land Services biosecurity officers and cover topics such as baiting techniques, toxicity, storage, transport, legislation and OH&S. Those completing the course will be issued a certification card and will remain accredited to use 1080 and Pindone for five years.

A small fee is charged for the course.

Any landholder interested in attending the 1080 and Pindone training course should contact their local office for details of when and where courses are being held.