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1080 Baiting Program

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

These campaigns are generally conducted in June/July (early Winter) and again in October/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 Regulatory Services Division on 07 4977 6821.

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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.

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.

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 relevant 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 1km 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 1km of the bait site.
  • No baits are to be laid within 5km of a town without Biosecurity approval.

Neighbour Notification

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

  • The bait user must give at least 72 hours notice either verbally or in writing, to all neighbours whose property boundary is within 1km of the proposed baiting site, as well as those whose property adjoins or fronts the holding either across a road or a waterway.
  • Not withstanding the above all habitation occupiers inclusing school, dwellings and public facilities, but not including the dwelling of the bait user, within 1 km of the bait site are to be notified in writing.
  • 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.
  • The landholder must complete and return to Council ‘Appendix 2' within the 1080 Baiting Information Pack.
  • Baiting must commence within 10 days of notification. If baiting has not commenced within 10 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.

Reducing Off-Target Impacts

Baits that are not recovered at the end of a campaign can pose a risk to working dogs and some birds and other native wildlife for some time after baiting.  The following measures can be follwed to reduce the potential of off-target poisoning:

  • Recovering all animal carcasses during, and for 14 days after, a baiting period and destroyed;
  • Burying materials or carcasses in a deep hole and immediately covered wtih soil to prevent working dogs seeking out the scent; and
  • All uneaten baits be collected.
  • 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 ‘Authorised Person' on the day of baiting and the following conditions must be adhered to:

  • Landholders are to ensure that signs are put up immediately prior to placing 1080 baits on the property;
  • The signs must be placed at all entrances to the property and at the extremities of property boundaries that frount a public thoroughfare. This must be done even if the adjoining property is carrying out 1080 baiting; and
  • Signs must remain in place for a period of 4 weeks after baits are laid and permanent signs are required for on-going or extended baiting period.

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?

On the bait day, landholders will need to supply:

  • All meat for baiting;
  • Meat baits are required to be a minimum of 250grams for wild dogs and 500 grams for wild pigs. Baits weighing less than this and/or contain any bone, fur or fat, will not be injected, so please ensure that pre-cut bait meets specifications;
  • A copy of a Rates Notice or Lease Agreement; and
  • Personal protective equipment, including long trousers; closed in footwear; gloves and eye protection.

Landholders must also complete an "Agreement for the Provision of Baits for the Control of Declared Pest Animals" (The Agreement) which is provided by the 'Authorised Person' on the Bait Day. By signing the Agreement, landholders agree to comply with the requirements for the use of 1080 baits and indemnify the State or Local Government against any claims or losses. The agreement must be signed before the 'Authorised Person' provides the landholder (or approved agent) with the prepared baits. Failure to comply with any conditions or additional conditions in the agreement may result in the withdrawal of future bait preparation services.

Commercially Prepared Baits

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

Please contact Councils Pest Management Unit on (07)4977 6821 for further information.

1080 Alternatives

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.