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Pest management

West Indian drywood termite consultation

The new Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act) will supersede the Diseases in Timber Act 1975, which means a new approach needs to be developed for the future management of West Indian drywood termite.

Public consultation was undertaken early in 2016. Keep up to date with the review.

Compliance with the Act and regulation


Read about the types of activities that require a pest management technician licence (PDF 197KB).



  • August-2015 Update (PDF 111kB) — read about fenthion use cease, unregistered or suspect pesticides and Carcinogenic insecticides and herbicides, as well as current industry issues.
  • May-2014 Update (PDF 70kB) — includes information about notifiable incidents, penalty infringement notices and the washing of contaminated clothes to protect the family.
  • Jul-2013 Update (PDF 124kB) — includes information about changing your circumstances and new competency unit codes.


Last updated: 27 September 2016

Choosing a pest management technician

Pest management is highly regulated because technicians use pesticides which can be hazardous to humans and pets. Things you should know when seeking pest management services (PDF, 48kB) include:

  • what licences are required
  • what services you can expect
  • what questions to ask.