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Poisons—regulatory advice

Find information to help you comply with the legislation governing the manufacture, sale, licensing and dispensation of poisons in Queensland.

Wild dog and fox control

Landholders are able to obtain prepared baits containing not more than 0.03% fluoroacetic acid (1080) from authorised persons under the Biosecurity Act 2014, to control invasive animals such as wild dog and foxes that are classed as restricted matter under the Act. The prepared baits can only be used in accordance with the conditions established by the authorised person.  These conditions are established at the time the baits are provided and generally specify requirements relating to:

  • the specific locations baiting can occur
  • distances baits can be laid from stock routes, fenced boundaries, declared roads, water bodies, dwellings and towns;
  • requirements relating to neighbour notification including at least 72 hours’ notice
  • signage requirements prior to and post baiting
  • when to retrieve baits and
  • safety precautions.

All landholders who use the baits are required by law to abide by the conditions established when the baits were provided.

National poisons reform

The Standing Council on Health (SCOH) released a consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on strategies to implement a national approach to poisonous chemical controls, as set out in the Standard for Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP).

Inconsistencies in poisonous chemical regulation across States and Territories created different regulatory requirements relating to access and use of poisons as well as unnecessary costs to businesses operating across borders, and ultimately the consumers without improving regulatory outcomes.

The regulatory reform process involved seeking feedback on reform options relating to the controls of chemicals in Schedules 5, 6 and 7 of the SUSMP, as well as a selection of Appendices in the SUSMP.

Feedback was sought on options for reform in the areas of regulation relating to controls of chemicals in Schedules 5, 6 and 7 and a number of Appendices of the SUSMP.

The Decision RIS

  • made a total of 12 recommendations relating to storage, disposal, labelling, packaging, advertising and hawking/supply of product samples contained in Schedules 5, 6 and 7 of the Poisons Standard
  • considered options for the implementation and decision making regarding nationally consistent regulatory measures
  • recommended that the adoption of the Poisons Standard by reference was the preferred method for implementation.

Historical versions of the discussion papers can be found below:

Changes to Parts 1 and 2 of the SUSMP occurred in 2015 and jurisdictions are amending legislation to adopt these changes.

The final body of work for this reform project is a review of Appendix J of the SUSMP. This review has been completed, and a formal consultation process undertaken.

Review of Appendix J of the SUSMP

The Inter-jurisdictional Working Group on Poisons Control (IJWGPC) was established under the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) to progress the Decision RIS options. The review of Appendix J completes the actions that were agreed to by AHMAC to achieve national consistency of controls on poisons.

In June 2017, the IJWGPC released a consultation paper which provided an overview of the key issues associated with the existing Appendix J, and proposals to facilitate consistency in implementing controls for chemicals included in Appendix J into the future. Feedback regarding the draft proposals was invited from all stakeholders.

The consultation closed on 19 July 2017.

Outcomes of the review

Feedback on the consultation was received from a range of stakeholders including industry bodies, companies involved in the manufacture and supply of chemicals, and government agencies. After consideration of stakeholder feedback, the IJWGPC prepared a submission for AHMAC regarding the proposed amendments to Appendix J and the proposed scheduling factors for including a S7 poison in Appendix J.

On 8 December 2017, AHMAC members:

  • endorsed the amendments to the recommended provisions for the availability and use of Schedule 7 poisons listed in Appendix J of the Poisons Standard, specifically:
  • Appendix J poisons should be available only to authorised or licensed persons.
  • The use of Appendix J poisons that are banned, obsolete or subject to international conventions should be restricted to analytical and research purposes only.
  • Additional controls should be reinstated on the possession and use of Appendix J poisons that present an unacceptable level of public health risk.
  • The title of Appendix J be amended to "Schedule 7 poisons requiring additional controls on availability and use".
  • endorsed the scheduling factors for the inclusion of a Schedule 7 poison in Appendix J, and their incorporation into the revised Scheduling Policy Framework.
  • noted that the rescheduling of two substances, trichloroisocyanuric acid and 4‑dimethylaminobenzene, will be considered through scheduling processes.

View the Outcomes of the review of Appendix J of the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons 2017 (PDF 130 kB).

Last updated: 8 August 2018