NWDAP Communiqué 23

January 2017 | Edition 2017 / 1

Stakeholder Consultative Group upcoming forum

Geoff Power, Chair of the SCG, invites NWDAP participant organisations to attend the next NWDAP forum at the Next Hotel, 72 Queens St Brisbane, at 12.30 28th February 2017 to 2.00 1st March 2017. Ahead of the main forum will be Working Group workshops for the Metrics group (27th February 1.00pm to 28th February 10.00am) and for the Training and Education group (Pest Animal Controller project) 28th February 10.30am – 12.00 noon. The coordinators will also meet for continuing professional development after the forum on 1st March at 2.00pm).

A field trip to Barcaldine to learn about cluster fencing has also been organised by the Remote Area Planning and Development Board Chairman Rob Chandler and staff. The flight from Brisbane to Barcaldine leaves 2nd March at 11.15am, the return flight to Brisbane 4th March arrives 1:45pm. Please contact Jane Littlejohn, email: jane.littlejohn@invasiveanimals.com or 0427827498 for the program and to make reservations.

Pest Animal Controller Training Project progress

Canid Pest Ejector Training in Bourke (NSW) – image courtesy Greg Mifsud
Canid Pest Ejector Training in Bourke (NSW) – image courtesy Greg Mifsud

Pilot Program Delivery

Dates have been set for three Pest Animal Controller pilot training programs (outlined in the table below). The Community Engagement unit BSBPMG418A Apply project stakeholder engagement techniques will become an accredited course and it has been agreed by the NWDAP Working Group for Training and Education (WG T&E) that this course must be part of the national delivery suite.

Delivery schedule

States and candidate numbers Delivery RTO Proposed Delivery Dates and Location Comments

Vic / SA

10 candidates

Federation Training

6 to 16 February 2017

Gippsland/Melbourne, Victoria

Training on campus 6 to 13 February. Accommodation in Lakes Entrance. Stakeholder engagement training 14 and 15 February – Melbourne. Pilot program wash-up 16 February – Melbourne.

NSW / Qld

10 candidates

Tocal Agricultural College

10 to 19 March 2017

Tocal College, Paterson NSW (moved from Armidale)

On Campus for majority of units

Off campus for trapping and firearms

Accommodation on-site at Tocal College

WA – 5 candidates Central Regional TAFE

27 March to 7 April 2017

Carnarvon, WA

On Campus for majority of units

Off campus for trapping and firearms

Still waiting for confirmation from RTO

Pilot delivery program – based on 2013 National Training Package Units

The WG T&E state wild dog coordinators and controllers reviewed the new Certificate III in Pest Management (2016 version) and determined it doesn’t meet industry needs. The project team recommended the pilot training be based on the 2013 Version of the Certificate III. Therefore it will be necessary  to liaise with Skills Service Organisation Skills Impact to get a process underway to  review the 2016 Certificate (AHC33616).

Units to be delivered at pilot training:

  • AHCPMG303A Survey pest animals
  • AHCPMG403A Define the pest problem in a local area
  • AHCPMG402A Develop a pest management action plan within a local area
  • VU21625 Implement the legislative requirements for the use of 1080 pest animal bait products
  • AHCOHS301A Contribute to OHS processes
  • AHCVPT203A Use firearms to humanely destroy animals
  • AHCVPT306A Apply animal trapping techniques
  • BSBPMG418A Apply project stakeholder engagement techniques

Candidate nominations

If you would like to nominate potential pilot candidate/s, please contact Michele Jackson M: 0425 22 4540 E: mjackson@allevents.com.au

Content development

An important objective for the PAC Training Project is to develop nationally consistent training resource materials. Current Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) – NSW Department of Primary Industries Tocal Agricultural College; Federation Training; and WA Durack Institute of Technology have generously shared some of their current resources.

From this base the project team are working on a range of learning and assessment resources to align them nationally. It is anticipated a high-quality resource will result from this work.

The Animal Trapping and Firearms Manuals and associated assessment instruments will be ready for Working Group and other stakeholder review in late January.

The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS) is a potential host  for resources and ongoing quality control and register for trainers.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the project, please contact Michele Jackson M: 0425 22 4540 E: mjackson@allevents.com.au