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Pest management

Proposed changes to the regulatory scheme

The Pest Management Act 2001 and subordinate legislation is being integrated into the new Medicines Poisons and Therapeutic Goods (MPTG) regulatory scheme.

Read about the proposed new scheme.

Compliance with the Act and regulation


Read about the types of activities that require a pest management technician licence (PDF, 199 KB).



  • August-2015 Update (PDF, 110 KB) — read about fenthion use cease, unregistered or suspect pesticides and Carcinogenic insecticides and herbicides, as well as current industry issues.
  • May-2014 Update (PDF, 70 KB) — includes information about notifiable incidents, penalty infringement notices and the washing of contaminated clothes to protect the family.
  • Jul-2013 Update (PDF, 124 KB) — includes information about changing your circumstances and new competency unit codes.


Last updated: 3 August 2017

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, 74 KB) include:

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