PestPlan

Project Leader: Prof Mike Braysher, Dr Tony Buckmaster and David Walter, University of Canberra

Aim: To increase the capacity of people involved in planning and implementing strategic and cooperative invasive animal management.

Projects:  11.e.10

Project summary

The project will continue the implementation and further development of a fully accredited VET Diploma in Conservation and Land Management (specialising in Pest Management) that can be used to build the capacity of regional stakeholders to best manage their pest problems. The project has contributed to the development of a Graduate Certificate in Wildlife Management (Strategic Pest Management)  and later, a Graduate Diploma in Natural Resource Management (incorporating strategic pest management – approval expected in 2012) and a Course Work Masters in Natural Resource Management (approval expected in 2012) will be made available.

Increasing the capacity of pest managers to effectively apply best-practice pest management using current knowledge and strategies helps underpin a key IA CRC objective of significantly reducing damage due to pests.

The program was developed due to:

  • the low level of adoption of the nationally endorsed best-practice approach to pest management
  • contraction in state-based training in pest animal management
  • a loss of skill base due to retirement of experienced pest managers
  • establishment of NRM regions with low levels of expertise in pest animal management.

Key achievements

  • Successful completion of courses from 2008 to 2011. In all 33 industry-based students have undertaken the course.
  • Development of Graduate Certificate in Wildlife Management (Strategic Pest Management) which builds upon the VET Diploma.

Key deliverables 2012

  • Continued delivery of PestPlan diploma-level course, the VET Diploma in Conservation and Land Management (specialising in Pest Management).
  • Introduction of the Graduate Certificate in Wildlife Management (Strategic Pest Management) in 2012  with first intake of students.
  • Continued development of the Graduate Diploma in Natural Resource Management (incorporating strategic pest management) and a Course Work Masters in Natural Resource Management.
  • Critically assess recommendations of the VPC review of pest animal training.
  • Measured capacity-building impact in national pest-management.
  • In cooperation with Agrifood Skills Australia, review current pest competencies and training packages to ensure that they are consistent with the Australian Pest Animal Strategy.

Project partners

IA CRC, Department of Primary Industries NSW,University of Canberra, Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Australia.

Further information and contacts

See our education and training page.

Sarre SD, Braysher M, Heinsohn T, Dalla Costa S and Keogh J (2008). Invasive Species Education in Australia: a three tiered approach towards better management Sixth World Congress of Herpetology, Manaus, Brazil. August 17-22 (Invited Speaker).

For further information, contact us.