National Wild Dog Action Plan

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The National Wild Dog Action Plan aims to promote and support community driven action for landscape-scale wild dog management.

Its goals are divided into four areas of work:

  1. Effective Leadership and Governance – provide leadership and coordination for the management of wild dogs.
  2. People – increase awareness, understanding and capacity building with regard to wild dog management.
  3. Tools and methods – mitigate the negative impacts caused by wild dogs.
  4. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting – monitor, evaluate and report to inform and continuously improve wild dog management.

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About the plan 

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Wild dogs are a major problem for all grazing industries in Australia. The issue is not just a matter of direct stock and financial losses, although these losses run into millions of dollars each year; wild dogs are also increasingly acknowledged for spreading serious animal-borne and some zoonotic diseases. They are highly damaging to regional economies, to wildlife, and are a significant animal welfare concern.

A national survey conducted in 2014/15 has shown:

      • average stock losses and control costs for a small property were $22,900 per annum, midrange properties $166,000 per annum, and large (pastoral) properties $1,940,000 per annum
      • community based wild dog management groups invested $10,000 to $100,000 per annum
      • regional wild dog management groups invested $100,000 to $500,000 per annum
      • combined State agency annual expenditure on wild dog management activities reported at more than $27,000,000 per annum
      • substantial voluntary work and equipment contributed by individuals is excluded from these figures as is any multiplier cost to regional economies.

The figures justify the response by Wool Producers Australia to initiate the development of the National Wild Dog Action Plan in February 2013. It aimed to bring all livestock peak bodies, research organisations and Commonwealth/State and Territory governments to a consensus on an approach to wild dog management.

The Plan’s development showcases how government/industry collaboration can quickly harness goodwill and action against threats to sustainable agriculture. Following 12 months of development and three months gaining support from all the Australian Agriculture Ministers, the Plan was officially launched by the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, in July 2014.

The Plan has an initial five-year timeframe with its implementation managed by  Wild Dog Management Projects Stages 1 (2014-2015), 2 (2015-2017) and 3 (2017-2019). These projects are funded by the Australian Government with Stage 2  receiving additional funding from the Western Australian Government. They are also generously supported by livestock producers, their representative organisations, researchers, government agencies and other organisations that give their time to progress these projects.


Link: Progress on the implementation of the Plan


Successful wild dog management relies on strong collaboration between industry, government, land managers and research agencies including:

  • Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC)
  • Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS)
  • Cattle Council of Australia (CCA)
  • Sheep Producers Australia (SPA)
  • Wool Producers Australia (WPA)
  • Australian Wool Innovation (AWI
  • Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)

While contractually separate, these agencies work together to enhance management strategies and activities Australia wide, supported by the role of National Wild Dog Management Coordinator, funded by AWI, MLA, CCA, SPA and WPA.

All three of the Plan’s stages have been contracted and managed by Invasive Animals Limited and AWI, on behalf of the Plan’s Implementation Steering Committee (ISC) and other oversight committees.


Link: CSIRO response on feasibility of wild dog biocontrol


The National Wild Dog Action Plan is an industry initiative endorsed by Government.


Wild dog information published by the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions is at www.pestsmart.org.au/pest-animal-species/wild-dog/

Key information contacts:

National Wild Dog Management Coordinator
Greg Mifsud

Action Plan Implementation Manager
Wendy Allen

Communications Coordinator
Riccarda Brindley

To contact either one of the team members please email info@nationalwilddogactionplan.org.au

CONTROL: Model Code of Practice and Standard Operating Procedures

Last updated: August 15, 2018