APVMA makes changes to omethoate use
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has made changes to the way products containing omethoate can be legally used in Victoria. This includes prohibiting the use of omethoate on all food crops and crops fed to food producing animals, as well as a number of other changes. Chemical users are encouraged to visit and familiarise themselves with these new instructions as they are now legally enforceable.
Aerial spraying of agricultural chemicals
Agriculture Victoria has published a guide for land managers that aims to help them ensure aerial spraying is undertaken in a safe and responsible manner.
Sampling bees for residue testing
Agriculture Victoria is responsible for regulating agricultural and veterinary chemical use in Victoria. As part of this role, we investigate instances of suspected bee poisoning.
Updated 1080 and PAPP Directions for Use
The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has updated the Directions for the Use of 1080 and PAPP Pest Animal Bait Products in Victoria (Directions for Use) following the registration of pest animal bait products containing 4-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA).
The Directions for Use governs the use of 1080 and now PAPP pest animal bait products in Victoria for the purpose of managing the impacts of pest animals on livestock industries and native wildlife. It emphasises the responsibilities of the 1080 and PAPP user to ensure that any risks associated with the use of 1080 and PAPP pest animal bait products are managed appropriately. The document represents the minimum standards that apply to 1080 and PAPP pest animal bait product use.
The updated Directions for Use has been sent out to all authorised 1080 and PAPP users, along with new Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP) cards with a 1080 and PAPP endorsement for people licensed to use these products.
Persons wishing to become authorised to use PAPP must hold the same qualifications as previously required to obtain authorisation to use pest animal bait products containing 1080. This includes the successful completion of the 22275VIC Course in Minimising Risks in the Use of 1080 for Vertebrate Pest Control also known as '1080 User Training'.
Commercial Operator Licence (COL) holders with a Vermin destroyers/avicides endorsement are authorised to use PAPP, following completion of the 1080 User Training course.
The introduction of PAPP, follows registration of 1080 capsules for use in ejector devices. The spring loaded ejector devices release the poison capsule into the mouth of the fox or wild dog when it pulls on the ejector bait head. The new PAPP and 1080 products are available from Agsafe 1080 accredited retailers.