Baiting and poison permits

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Permits are required for landholders to possess and use registered 1080 or strychnine products for vertebrate animal control on leasehold or freehold land.

From 1 July 2016, a fee of $77 (GST inclusive) will apply for assessment and processing of a 1080/strychnine permit application. A fee of $38.50 will apply for permit amendments.

A DAFWA communique on the changes can be downloaded from this page.

New charges for 2016-17

New and increased charges are part of a cost recovery approach required of DAFWA and allow for the continuation of biosecurity services.

For the rangelands region, a permit can apply for up to five years, depending on the results of the risk assessment.

Applicants in the Agricultural region may not be granted a five year permit. An assessment will be conducted on each property and factors such as the frequency of land use changes and potential subdivision in the region will be taken into consideration when assessing the length and other aspects of the permit.

A fee of $38.50 (GST inclusive) will apply for permit amendments for 1080 and strychnine. Amendments apply to changes to nominated retailer, receiver, layer, and baiting dates. For changes to the applicant, target species, product or extension to the permit, the permit must be cancelled and a new permit issued.

Processing the permit application will take approximately 10 working days from the date of payment (payments made by cheque may take longer). Permit applications should be lodged well in advance of the date they are likely to be needed (eg. for lambing).

Permit application forms must be submitted PRIOR to payment. Once submitted an invoice will be issued, and applications will be processed once payment has been received.

Why is a permit needed?

Use of 1080 and strychnine is restricted by law and confined to certain areas of the state.

Before using 1080 or strychnine you need to complete appropriate training, ensure you comply with relevant Acts, Regulations and Legislation, and must apply for and obtain the appropriate permit(s) to purchase these chemicals.

To obtain a permit you must demonstrate to your Biosecurity Officer that you understand and can carry out your responsibilities safely, and that your proposed use does not place non-target species at risk.

Further details on bait and poison products can be found in the Bait and poison directory for vertebrate pests in Western Australia.

Minimum requirements for permit application forms

You must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have completed and passed the online restricted chemical product training.
  • Your property must be greater than 10 hectares or 25 acres (special conditions may be considered after contacting the Authorised Officer).
  • Baiting must be a minimum of 150m from any dwelling.
  • Your property must be located outside an urban zone.
  • Your property must be outside a town water catchment area.
  • The restricted chemicals (1080 or strychnine) must be safely stored and locked in a cabinet.

Permit application forms

Forms for 1080 and strychnine can be found in the right column of this page and below.

Where to send your completed permit application form/s

Permit application forms are now processed centrally by an Authorised Officer. Permit applications can be sent directly to:

  • Email: rcp.applications@agric.wa.gov.au
  • Fax: 9368 2958
  • Mail: RCP Applications, Department of Agriculture and Food WA, Invasive Species Sort Bin 18, 3 Baron-Hay Court, KENSINGTON WA 6151.

Note: permit applications lodged at regional offices will be forwarded via email to the Authorised Officer for processing.

Further reading

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080
Page last updated: Friday, 3 March 2017 - 2:13pm