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1080 Baiting Program

Council offers rural landholders the opportunity to participate in 1080 baiting campaigns to control wild dogs and feral pigs on their properties within the Gladstone Region.

These campaigns are generally conducted in June (early Winter) and again in November (early Spring).

Should you require 1080 baits in between these campaign dates, please complete the 1080 Baiting Information Pack and Registration Form below and forward to Council for action.  For further information, please contact Council's Parks and Environment Department on 07 4977 6899.

To view more information on 1080 baiting, choose a topic from the list below.

What are the Controls on 1080 Baiting?

The use of 1080 baits are subject to strict regulatory control set down in the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulations 1996 which are administered by the Queensland Department of Health.  These 1080 guidelines are intended to ensure consistent use of 1080 in Queensland, and to guarantee the continued availability of 1080 for vertebrate pest control.

Council has the right to refuse any applications that do not abide to these controls.

Distance Restrictions - from Proposed Baiting Site

  • Baits are to be laid on the land described in the agreement for provision of baits only.
  • No baits are to be laid on any stock route or reserve for traveling stock without local government approval.
  • No baits are to be laid within 5m of a fenced boundary.
  • No baits are to be laid within 50m of the centre line of a declared road.
  • No baits are to be laid within 20m of permanent flowing water bodies.
  • Owners may only lay baits within 2km of any habitation (habitation includes schools, dwellings and public facilities, but does not include dwelling of the person laying the baits) after they provide written notification to all habitation occupiers within 2km of the bait site.
  • No baits are to be laid within 5km of a town without land protection officer approval.

Neighbour Notification

There are very strict controls in regards to neighbour notification, distribution of baits and property size.

  • The landholders must give at least 72 hours/3 days' notice of the intended laying of baits to every resident and/or occupier of land adjoining or having frontage to the holding, road or reserve on which the poisoned baits are to be laid.
  • Neighbours must be given written notification specifying the dates between which baiting will occur to allow them time to take appropriate action, and to advise that steps (e.g. restraint, muzzling) need to be taken to ensure that domestic dogs do not gain access to 1080 baits or poisoned animals.
  • Council must receive written notification from the landholder advising that all neighbours have been notified. The landholder must keep a record of these notifications.
  • The landholder must complete and return to Council ‘Appendix 2' with copies of ALL the written neighbour notification letters.
  • Baiting must commence within 7 days of notification. If baiting has not commenced within 7 days the landholder will need to provide in writing to Council the new baiting commencement date. The landholder will also need to provide another 72 hours/3 days' notice of the new bating commencement date in writing to every resident and/or occupier. Council will require copies of ALL written neighbour notification letters.

Baiting Restrictions

Baits that are not recovered can pose a risk to working dogs and some birds and other native wildlife for some time after baiting.

  • Animal carcasses should be recovered during, and for 14 days after, a baiting period and destroyed.
  • When burying bait materials or carcasses, ensure they are placed in a deep hole to prevent working dogs seeking out the scent.
  • ALL uneaten baits MUST be collected within seven (7) days following the end of the baiting period.
  • Baits are to be used for no other purpose other than for the destruction of wild dogs, feral pigs, foxes and rabbits


Warning signage is compulsory for all land on which baiting occurs. Signs will be provided by the local ‘Authorised Person'.

Landholders are to ensure that signs are put up at least 72 hours/3 days prior to commencing the 1080 baiting operations at all points of entry to the property and adjoining public thoroughfares even if the adjoining property is carrying out 1080 baiting.

Signage is to include the following information:

  • date baits were laid
  • contact phone number
  • toxin name
  • target animal(s)
  • product used eg: meat bait
  • warning that domestic animals and pets can be affected

All warning signs must be a minimum of the standard A3 sizing of "29.7cm x 42cm".  All warning signs must be erected and left in place for a minimum of one (1) month after the baits have been laid.

If you wish further information on 1080 baiting, please click on the following links -  1080 baiting controls or Safe and Responsible use of Toxin 1080.

What do I need to Supply?

Landholders will need to supply all meat for baiting, and Council will provide the poison and personnel to carry out the baiting treatment.

Meat bait are required to be a minimum of 250 grams for wild dogs and 500 grams for pigs. Baits weighing less than this and/or contain any bone, fur or fat, will not be injected, so please ensure that pre-cut baits meet specifications.

Landholders planning to have another person collect and/or distribute baits on their behalf (ie. someone other than landholder), must give the person a signed authority authorising this person to sign the baiting agreement on their behalf. This form will be available from Council's Rural Lands Department prior to a baiting campaign.

Commercially Prepared Baits

Commercially prepared ‘Doggone' and ‘Pigout' baits are available to order and purchase through Council.

Please complete and return the 1080 Baiting Information Pack and Registration Form indicating which product you require.

1080 Alternatives

Sodium fluoroacetate (1080) is a very useful pesticide for the control of pest animals and has been used throughout Australia since the early 1960s. 1080 is the most efficient, humane and species-specific pesticide currently available for declared animal control in Australia. In Queensland, 1080 is registered for use in the control of wild dogs, feral pigs, foxes and rabbits.  1080 is widely used in Australia to protect agricultural production and native flora and fauna from the impacts of pest animals.

Landholders who do not meet the requirements to participate in 1080 baiting campaigns may wish to investigate an alternative baiting treatment such as strychnine.  Queensland Health administer the issue of strychnine licenses.

First Aid

If poisoning occurs please seek immediate medical attention. Alternately  contact the Queensland Poisons Information Centre immediately on 13 11 26 . Poisoning advice is available Australia-wide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Remove the affected person from the contaminated area (take precautions to avoid exposure to the toxin)
  • If the patient has collapsed or is not breathing, ring 000 for an ambulance immediately
  • If the patient has collapsed but is still breathing, put them in the recovery position
  • If the patient is not breathing or their heart has stopped and CPR is required, ensure no evidence of the poison or vomit is present around the mouth (clean the area with a damp cloth). Assess the situation carefully to avoid ingesting the poison.
  • If skin contact occurs, remove contaminated clothing, flood skin with running water and then wash with soap and water.
  • If the toxin comes in contact with eyes, hold eyes open and irrigate the eye with a continuous stream of water for at least 15 minutes.