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DOGABATE submission at APVMA

Following the submission by the Invasive Animals CRC of the PAPP new active application and Animal Control Technologies Australia (ACTA) submission of the FOXECUTE PAPP bait registration application to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in March 2012, the DOGABATE Overview, Manufacturing and Chemistry, Toxicology, Environment and Efficacy Sections of the APVMA submission were submitted by ACTA on 18 June 2012.

A great many people have worked very hard to bring these submissions to this point over many years, with data assembly, field trials in sometime difficult conditions in remote locations, manufacturing and analytical hurdles at many points.

Many of those already acknowledged for the FOXECUTE work have also made massive contributions to the dog bait case, especially Simon Humphrys of the Invasive Animals CRC and Ebony Arms of ACTA who have anchored throughout. Additionally Guy Ballard and both Ben and Lee Allen have made specific contributions to the dog work and also several others with individual trials.

We also believe that both the dog and fox bait submissions should be considered together, as they are mutually supportive. Clearly a bait that works for foxes will also work for dogs. So at last both products are submitted and the seven or more years of struggle is over to stage 1.

Now we have to await the review process and to complete the sale-up and product launch as we get closer to reality. Sale-up is already underway and progressing well. I hope this update brings some joy to all those who have patiently trusted the R&D team!

Prof Linton Staples
Managing Director
Animal Control Technologies Pty Ltd

Wild dog officer vacancies in Qld and Vic

Apply by 6 July for Queensland: Senior Wild Dog Officer
This is a permanent, full-time position with the Qld Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.

Operating from within the Invasive Plants & Animals Program, the successful applicant will have the capacity to make a significant contribution to innovative prevention and control approaches to reduce the impact of wild dogs on industry and the community, by leading a team of experts. The person will be part of a dynamic team that will plan, coordinate and implement operational activities and extension programs for priority pest animal species in collaboration with stakeholders. Forward thinking and leadership skills will be key attributes for this person in order to demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to our stakeholders and to assist with sustainable land use by implementing integrated pest animal control projects in partnership with stakeholders and using best management practices.

More information: or contact Graham Brown on (07) 5453 5812.

Apply by 6 July for Queensland: 4 x Wild Dog Officer positions
Four permanent, full-time positions with the Qld Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation are offered.

Operating from within the Invasive Plants & Animals Program, the successful applicant will have the capacity to make a significant contribution to innovative prevention and control approaches to reduce the impact of wild dogs on industry and the community. The person will be part of a dynamic team that will plan, coordinate and implement operational activities and extension programs for priority pest animal species in collaboration with stakeholders. Forward thinking and leadership skills will be key attributes for this person in order to demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to our stakeholders and to assist with sustainable land use by implementing integrated pest animal control projects in partnership with stakeholders and using best management practices.

More information: or contact Graham Brown on (07) 5453 5812.

Apply by 8 July for Victoria: Biosecurity Officer – Community Coordinator Wild Dog Baiting

If you have a drivers licence, an appropriate Degree in Natural Resource Management or an equivalent science qualification, and experience in working with farmers, sheep and wild dogs, then this job in Victoria may be for you.

Funded by Australian Wool Innovation, with linkages to Bestwool / Bestlamb, this position at Wodonga until 30 June 2015 will perform a key role within the Victorian Department of Primary Industries Invasive Plants and Animals Operations Branch (IPAOB), reporting to the Biosecurity Area Leader – Wild Dogs NE.

This position is responsible for establishing Community Baiting Programs (CBP) across North East Victoria in areas where wild dogs impact livestock producers. You will establish a number of groups and assist them to attain the necessary training to become accredited to use 1080 poison baits for wild dog control.

For further information and to apply online go to: If you have difficulty in applying for this position on-line, please contact Fiona Taylor on (03) 5430 4440 or email For further information, contact Andrew Crocos at or on (02) 6043 7964.

Ban on Savannah Cats upheld by the Full Federal Court

A decision by the former Environment Minister Peter Garrett to ban the importation of Savannah cats has been upheld by the Full Federal Court. Environment Minister Tony Burke said the ban was put in place to protect the environment.

“Hybrid cats carrying genes of the African Serval pose a significant risk to our native wildlife, Minister Burke said. “Native wildlife in almost every part of our country is threatened day after day by feral cats. Everybody who loves the Australian bush should be pleased to know the courts have backed the Government’s refusal to let another predator in. The decision to amend the live import list, effectively banning Savannah cats, was based on expert scientific advice and extensive consultation.”

The Invasive Animals CRC made submissions to the Australian Government supporting the import ban in 2008.

Read the Minister’s media release at:

Nine applications received for CRC Program Round 15

Applications for the 15th CRC program selection round closed on 14 June 2012. Social innovation, sustainable regional communities and clean manufacturing were announced as the priorities for the 15th CRC selection round on 9 December 2011 (read Minister’s media release). Applications addressing other national priorities were also welcome.

Nine bids – eight new and one supplementary – were received by the deadline. This number is well down on the 26 and 30 bids received in the 2011 and 2010 rounds respectively. The following proposed CRCs have submitted stage one applications:

  • CRC for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorderscrca_logo
  • Safeguarding Biodiversity CRC
  • Prostate Cancer CRC
  • C-ITS CRC – Safe and Sustainable Transport
  • The CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing
  • CRC for Space Environment Management
  • Resilient Regions CRC
  • The CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity
  • The Vision CRC (supplementary application)

More information at:

Latest issues of NRM Notes and Eradicate now online

NRM Notes is a newsletter dedicated to regional groups who work cooperatively to reduce the impacts of pest animals in their area. It’s full of good news and case studies that describe how groups are approaching pest management in their area.

The latest edition (Issue 10, June 2012) showcases the NRM Knowledge Conference, The Clarence Valley Indian Myna control project, feral pig control activities of the Central West CMA and LHPA (NSW) and South West NRM (Qld), and The Red Card for the Red Fox program in the Wheatbelt NRM region (WA).

This edition (and past editions) of NRM Notes can be read online or downloaded from:

Eradicate is the quarterly newsletter of the Tasmanian Invasive Species Branch. The latest edition (Issue 7, Winter 2012)  is now available online by clicking here: Eradicate, Issue 7 (Winter 2012).

In this issue you will find the following feature articles:

  •  Not ‘if’ but ‘when’
  •  Together, create and apply solutions
  •  A common enemy
  •  An international spotlight
  •  Your Voice: Q&A Forum

An archive of previous newsletters is also available on our website at

Australian Farmer of the Year Award

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their contribution to Australia’s agricultural industry?
Categories in the Australian Farmer of the Year Award include:

  •  Australian Farmer of the Year
  •  Rural Leader of the Year
  •  Young farmer of the Year
  •  Dairy farmer of the Year
  •  Biosecurity Farmer of the Year (Plant)
  •  Biosecurity Farmer of the Year (Animal)
  •  Diversification Farmer of the Year
  •  Grain grower of the Year
  •  Wool Producer of the Year
  •  Horticultural Grower of the Year
  •  Livestock Producer of the Year
  •  Farming Woman of the Year

For instance, Biosecurity Farmer of the Year (Animal) Award will recognise farmers who are focused on the biosecurity of their farming enterprise. The Biosecurity Farmer of the Year (animal) is someone who has demonstrated initiative and motivation to address the potential risks to their businesses and their livelihood from diseases, pests and weeds. The winner of each of the 10 award categories automatically qualifies for the prestigious Australian Farmer of the Year Award.

More information and nomination forms are available at Nominations close 3 August 2012. For further information, contact Kate Bishop, Kondinin Marketing & Communications Coordinator on (08) 6263 9111 or

Australian Government DAFF stakeholder survey underway

During 2012, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry (DAFF) will develop a new stakeholder charter that will guide the way it will work with its stakeholders. As a first step, the DAFF Stakeholder Survey is now open but closes midnight on 6 July 2012.

You can access the survey by clicking the link here or by copying into your browser.

The survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete and your feedback will be confidential. The survey is your opportunity to tell DAFF directly what it does well and not so well. Completing this survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time and will be confidential and no identifying information stored or kept.

DAFF’s work affects the food Australians eat, the sustainability of our environment and the state of the economy. The department plays a key role in improving the productivity, competiveness and sustainability of its portfolio industries. It also has a key role in facilitating trade—helping people and goods move in and out of the country while managing the risks to the environment and animal, plant and human health.

For further information, phone Amanda Cenin on (02) 6272 5935 or email

New PestSmart information now online


Feral cats in Australia:  This series of videos gives a general introduction to the problem of feral cats in Australia and discusses their biology, ecology, diet, impacts and options for control.


Invasive Animals CRC sponsors pest animal symposium

The Queensland Pest Animal Symposium, 30 July to 2 August this year, at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast is promising to be another outstanding event. The Invasive Animals CRC is a sponsor of the symposium and Andreas Glanznig – CEO of the Invasive Animals CRC will be a keynote speaker. There will also be an Invasive Animals CRC trade display of the latest PestSmart communications products.

The symposium offers great networking and knowledge sharing opportunities and will be enhanced by greater attendance. Visit the symposium’s website for more information and to register:

National Landcare Conference

landcareaustThis year the three day event will be held from 3 to 5 September 2012 during Landcare week at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour. This conference is a great opportunity to bring together individual Landcarers, Landcare and community groups, regional bodies, natural resource management (NRM) practitioners, international Landcare members and Australian Government representatives.

The conference theme for 2012 is ‘Landcare – the future in our hands’. With a growing interest in and concern for sustainable living and food security, the Landcare community is at the forefront of helping to ensure that Australia can move confidently towards a smart and resilient agricultural and environmental future.

The 2012 conference will provide delegates with an opportunity to learn about and share innovative practice approaches and solutions as well as opportunities to renew contacts, build new networks, share ideas and discuss challenges within the wider Landcare community.

The National Landcare Awards will be held during the conference and all finalists will present on their award recognised projects. As a conference attendee you will have the opportunity to speak directly to the nominees and presenters through question and answer sessions.

More information, registration and call for abstracts is available at:

Public consultation opens for next phase of Caring for our Country

cfocThe community is invited to help shape the next phase of Caring for our Country by participating in a new round of public consultation from now to 15 August 2012.

Environment Minister Tony Burke and Agriculture Minister Senator Joe Ludwig released An Outline for the Future, (download from, which sets out the broad framework for the next five years of Caring for our Country.

The objectives in An Outline for the Future have been developed after extensive consultation with the community and reflect national and community priorities for natural resource management across Australia. The Australian Government has provided $2.2 billion for a second five-year phase of Caring for our Country which will commence on 1 July 2013.

The Caring for our Country sustainable agriculture stream will focus on food security, managing natural resources sustainably and addressing the impact of weeds and pests on agricultural production. Current intergovernmental activities relating to new incursions for weeds, pests and diseases will also be brought under Caring for our Country.

The sustainable environment stream will focus on protecting and managing nationally significant flora and fauna, ecological communities, ecosystems, land and seascapes. It will also focus on enhancing the capacity of Indigenous communities to conserve and protect natural resources.

For information on the public consultation process or to download a copy of An Outline for the Future, visit:

New Publications

Scientific Papers

Giovanna Massei et al (2012). Long-term effects of immunocontraception on wild boar fertility, physiology and behaviour. Wildlife research  39(5) 378-385

Pip Masters and Chris R. Dickman (2012). Population dynamics of Dasycercus blythi (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae) in central Australia: how does the mulgara persist? Wildlife Research 39(5) 419-428

Hans Peter Hansen, M. Nils Peterson and Charlotte Jensen (2012). Demographic transition among hunters: a temporal analysis of hunter recruitment dedication and motives in Denmark. Wildlife Research 39(5) 446-451

Richard Bischof et al (2012). Implementation uncertainty when using recreational hunting to manage carnivores. Journal of Applied Ecology Online version

Media round-up

How Effective is Shooting Feral Animals? While the legislation allowing hunters into national parks has passed both houses of the state parliament and is set to be gazetted in the coming weeks, the debate still rages as to whether it will be effective in reducing feral animal numbers………  ABC 702 Sydney  Listen to full story

Dingoes gone from Vic. THERE are virtually no pure dingoes left in Victoria, according to new research…….. Weekly Times  Read full story

A squealy pest issue letting loose. IN THE latest act of agricultural vandalism to hit the region, feral pigs are allegedly being brought into the Southern Downs and Granite Belt and released for hunting purposes……. Warwick Daily News Read full story

Pastoralists take wild dog fight online. PASTORALISTS and farmers across WA are joining together and taking the fight against wild dogs online……… Farm Weekly  Read full story

Perth ‘cane toad’ has lucky escape. A suspected Perth cane toad has turned out to be a native banjo frog………  Nine News  Read full story

Shot kills rogue dog. A 22 kilogram wild dog responsible for the death of many sheep has been caught and killed on a Mount Mackenzie property…….. Tenterfield Star Read full story

National Parks target feral pigs. FERAL pig control is a high priority, according to Bandjalang Aboriginal man Tony Wilson, who has been employed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Northern Rivers Region…… Northern Star Read full story

Geelong a hot spot for illegal critters. GEELONG and Colac are known hot spots for illegal exotic animals, with snakes, turtles and iguanas top of the high-risk list……. Geelong Advertiser  Read full story

Ex ranger says baits the best option. A former north coast pest-control officer says baiting remains the best option for dealing with feral animals……. ABC North Coast NSW  Read full story

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Upcoming conferences


  • 4th International Wildlife Management Congress. Durban, South Africa. 9-12 July
  • World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling. Brisbane 9-12 July
  • Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference. Townsville 17-20 July
  • Queensland Pest Animal Symposium. Sunshine Coast. 30 July – 2 August
  • Invertebrates associated with invasive alien organisms. Riga (Latvia) 16–18 August
  • Invasive organisms and globalisation. Riga (Latvia) 20-23 August
  • 3rd European Congress of Conservation Biology. Glasgow, Scotland. 28 Aug-1 Sept
  • Fertility Control Conference. Jackson Wyoming, USA. 29 Aug-1 Sept
  • National Landcare Conference. Sydney. 3-5 September
  • 58th Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society. Port Augusta, South Australia. 23-27 Sept

For more information on these and other events, please see details on our website.