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).

Wild dog management program on pastoral properties

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 are a property owner or manager, you need to apply for a 1080 Pest Animal Management Authorisation including the Permit to Take Protected Wildlife (1080 PAMA and Permit).

Pest Animal Management Authorisation (PAMA) and permit

To apply for a pest management animal authorisation (PAMA) and permit, you must do the following:

Step 1. Read the directions for use of 1080 for wild dog control (586.0 kb), and the PAMA guidelines for 1080 baiting maps (635.2 kb).

Step 2. Fill in the application for 1080 PAMA and permit (147.9 kb).

Step 3. Follow the instructions on the form on how to submit and pay for your application.

The fee is $400 for a five year PAMA and permit.

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

You are 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.

Bait numbers

Baits are allocated annually 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.

Bait injection authorisation

To prepare wet meat baits with 1080 as part of a wild dog control program, you must make an application for a 1080 bait injection authorisation (113.7 kb) and provide:

  • 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 1080 training unit AHCVPT 302A (formerly RTE 3046A) – Implement a Vertebrate Pest Control Program.
  • a statement of completion of the 1080 bait injection training course delivered by Charles Darwin University (CDU)
  • a personalised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that will be your working procedure to prepare wet meat baits. You can download an example SOP to see what one looks like, and download a SOP template.

Example SOP (714.3 kb)
Example SOP (244.3 kb)

SOP template (33.3 kb)
SOP template (25.0 kb)

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

Training provider list (61.1 kb)
Training provider list (104.9 kb)

Baiting records

If you are a PAMA and permit holder you must keep records in an auditable, approved format such as the property 1080 baiting record book (592.3 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.

Baiting for other pest animals

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.


For more information contact Chemical Services.

Email your completed application to or post it to:

Chemical Services
Department of Primary Industry and Resources
GPO Box 3000
Darwin NT 0801

Phone: (08) 8999 2344
Fax: (08) 8999 2111

Last updated: 28 November 2017