Controlling wild dogs and pest animals with 1080 poison

Wild dog attacks on livestock, especially at calving time, have significant economic and animal welfare impacts on the pastoral industry in the Northern Territory (NT).

The use of 1080, a Schedule 7 poison, is an established practice for controlling wild dogs to mitigate their impacts on livestock. Read more about poisons and restricted chemical products.

If you're a property owner or manager, you must apply for a 1080 pest animal management authorisation including the permit to take protected wildlife (1080 PAMA and permit).

Using 1080 on organic properties

If you want to use 1080 baits for wild dog control on an organically certified property, you must first get approval from your certifier. Once you get approval, you can apply for the PAMA and permit.

To find out more, read the guidelines for feral animal control on organic properties on the National Wild Dog Action Plan website.

The guidelines are available under plans for organic producers.

Baits are allocated based on an annual calculation for each property and specified on the permit.

The permit details the number of wet and dry baits and the volume of 1080 concentrate that can be purchased.

To prepare wet meat baits with 1080 as part of a wild dog control program, you must follow the below steps:

Step 1. Fill in the application.

Application for a 1080 bait injection authorisation PDF (571.5 KB)
Application for a 1080 bait injection authorisation DOCX (71.3 KB)

Step 2. Provide supporting documents.

You need to include following with your application:

  • a current AusChem, ChemCert or SMARTtrain level 3 accreditation (certificate or card) or equivalent qualification
  • a statement of:
    • attainment or a memorandum of grades for the training unit AHCPMG309 (formerly AHCVPT 302A) – Apply pest animal control techniques or
    • completion of the 1080 bait injection training course delivered by Charles Darwin University
  • a personalised standard operating procedure (SOP) that will be your working procedure to prepare wet meat baits.

Use the guideline and template below to develop your own standard operating procedure.

Guideline for SOP PDF (1.2 MB)
Guideline for SOP DOCX (1.1 MB)

Template for SOP PDF (138.6 KB)
Template for SOP DOCX (52.7 KB)

Read the training provider list for more about training requirements and contacts:

Training provider list PDF (112.9 KB)
Training provider list DOCX (56.8 KB)

If you're a PAMA and permit holder, you must keep records in an auditable and approved format such as the property 1080 baiting record book PDF (336.9 KB).

Your records must be provided to an appointed chemical adviser on request.

Records include details of people who are trained and authorised to collect, lay and prepare baits as well as the notification, storage and usage of 1080 on the authorised property.

If you need to reduce problems caused by feral pigs, foxes or rabbits, you may be able to get a 1080 pest animal management authorisation (1080 PAMA) – other pest animals.

To apply, contact Chemical Services.

To apply for or renew a pest animal management authorisation (PAMA) and permit, you must follow the below steps:

Step 1. Read the:

Step 2. Fill in the application.

Application for 1080 PAMA and permit PDF (752.3 KB)
Application for 1080 PAMA and permit DOCX (78.7 KB)

Step 3. Follow the instructions in the application on how to submit it. You must also pay the $400 fee for a five year PAMA and permit.

Permit amendments

To amend your existing PAMA and permit, you must submit the below application and pay a $100 fee. This includes changes to permit holder, allocated bait number or type of baits.

If you're changing the permit holder, the new proposed permit holder must be able to meet the same suitability as the original permit holder. This will depend on their role in 1080 possession and usage. They must also take responsibility for record keeping if they're the property manager.

If you're increasing bait numbers, you may be required to provide evidence and information to justify the request.

For these amendments, you should contact Chemical Services before you submit your application.

After assessment, an updated PAMA and permit may be issued with the original expiry date.

Application for wild dog PAMA amendment PDF (742.3 KB)
Application for wild dog PAMA amendment DOCX (76.1 KB)

You must follow the directions for use for 1080 for wild dog control.

You're also responsible for providing a suitable workplace induction on the safe use and handling of 1080 products for all people who will distribute the bait.


Chemical Services
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801

Phone: 08 8999 2344

Last updated: 25 January 2022

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