FAQ for Commercial Operator Licence holders
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How does this change affect me?
Commercial Operator Licence holders (COLs) with a vermin destroyer endorsement, who have completed Agsafe Guardian 1080 for Perishable Bait training and 1080 Perishable Bait Manufacturer training, can apply to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for a licence to manufacture and supply to end users, perishable 1080 pest animal bait products to authorised users. Vermin endorsed COLs who apply 1080 or PAPP pest animal bait products must comply with the following new requirements for purchase and use of 1080 and PAPP pest animal bait products:
- undertake a risk assessment prior to the purchase of 1080 and PAPP pest animal bait products; and
- complete a Bait User Declaration; and
- comply with the Directions for the Use of 1080 and PAPP Pest Animal Bait Products in Victoria; and
- ensure all people using 1080 or PAPP pest animal bait products under the COL have completed a Course in Minimising the Risks in the Use of 1080 Pest Animal Bait Products for Vertebrate Pest Control (1080 training).
If I don't wish to become a manufacturer of 1080 bait, do I have to complete the 1080 user training?
Yes. If you want to purchase and use 1080 or PAPP pest animal bait products you must have your vermin destroyer endorsement and complete the 1080 user training. All users of 1080 and PAPP pest animal bait products in Victoria must complete the new 1080 training as all bait users need to be informed of the changes to the 1080 and PAPP system.
What about my staff - do they need to complete the 1080 user training?
Yes. Improving access to 1080 and PAPP pest animal bait products means it is extremely important that users know how to use them safely. Staff of COL holders must complete the 1080 user training to ensure they are aware of the requirements and risks involved in the handling and use of 1080 and PAPP pest animal bait products, which are dangerous poisons. While there is no antidote to 1080, there is a potential antidote available for PAPP use. However, constraints in availability may limit its effectiveness and users should not rely on an antidote as a method to reduce harm to non-target animals.
How do I qualify to manufacture and sell perishable bait products?
To qualify as an authorised person to obtain a licence to manufacture and supply perishable 1080 pest animal bait products, you must:
- hold an existing DHS licence for the manufacture of Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) registered 1080 pest animal bait products; and
- be a COL holder with a vermin destroyer endorsement, who has successfully completed Agsafe Guardian 1080 for Perishable Bait and 1080 Perishable Bait Manufacturer training.
Where perishable 1080 pest animal bait products are registered with the APVMA, such products may be supplied by wholesale, or by retail, with the appropriate DHHS licence. COLs with a licence to manufacture and retail perishable 1080 pest animal bait products (using 1080 aqueous solution) may use such products in their own business, or supply the products directly to an authorised end user, or to another COL to lay on behalf of a landholder.
Where can I find out more information about Agsafe Guardian 1080 for Perishable Bait training?
Go to the Agsafe website or call (02) 6230 4799.
Where and when is the 1080 Perishable Bait Manufacturer training taking place?
This will be determined based on an expression of interest process. Persons wishing to undertake this training must register with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) or by calling the DEDJTR Customer Service Centre on 136 186.