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Pesticide use notification plans

Public authorities must not use any pesticide in prescribed public places owned by or under their control from 1 February 2007, without first preparing, finalising and notifying the Environmental Protection Authority of a pesticide use notification plan. Prescribed public places are areas which the public is entitled to have access (whether or not on payment of a fee) and includes Crown reserves.

Pesticide use notification plans relating to prescribed public places under the ownership or control of a public authority must set out:

  • the operational area where pesticides will be used;
  • how and when public notice of the use of pesticides will be given;
  • the proposed uses, categories of, or specific prescribed public places
  • where the public notification is to operate;
  • categories of people who regularly use the prescribed public places to be notified; and
  • the protection measures to be taken where the pesticide is to be used in an area adjacent to a sensitive place such as a school, child care centre, hospital, nursing home or a place declared by the EPA by notice in the Government Gazette.

Public notice in accordance with the adopted pesticide use notification plan will be required to be given prior to the application of any pesticides to reserve land.

The Crown land has prepared a pesticides notification plan that applies to all Crown land. Reserve trusts should use this as a guide in preparing notices of pesticide use for their reserves.

Further information

Department of Lands Pesticide Use notification plan (PDF, 223.97 KB)
Pesticides Regulation 1995
Office of Environment and Heritage
The Trust handbook ()