Skip links and keyboard navigation

Pest management licence endorsements

Under the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 (MPA), which commenced on 27 September 2021. Under the MPA pest management technicians (PMTs) who held a licence before the MPA commenced have until 26 September 2022 to obtain the competencies for the new endorsements for:

  • high-risk and sensitive places
  • bird pests.

PMTs who obtained their licence after the MPA commenced must complete the competencies to obtain the endorsements.

The competency requirements for pest management licence endorsements are prescribed in the Queensland Health Departmental Standard - Competency requirements for licensed technicians undertaking pest management activities with pesticides and fumigants.

You can download the fact sheet Endorsements high-risk or sensitive places (PDF 720 kB).

High-risk and sensitive places

PMTs carrying out pest management activities at high-risk or sensitive places must comply with the Activity Risk Management Plan (see below) and either hold an endorsement or be supervised by a PMT who holds the endorsement for supervising activities at these places.

The endorsements for high-risk or sensitive places are intended for licensed PMTs who are required to:

  • supervise other licenced PMTs carrying out pest control activities at high risk or sensitive places
  • prepare Activity Risk Management Plans (ARMPs) to ensure activities are carried out safely.

Pest management businesses may therefore have a limited number (appropriate for the size and reach of the business) of experienced PMTs with an endorsement for high-risk or sensitive places. Licenced PMTs do not need to hold the high-risk or sensitive place endorsements when undertaking pest management activities at high-risk or sensitive places if they:

  1. follow an ARMP that has been prepared for the activity by a PMT who is endorsed; and
  2. carry out the activity under the supervision of another PMT who is endorsed.

Supervision of PMTs carrying out pest management activities at high-risk or sensitive places does not have be onsite directly, PMTs can be supervised by using an electronic communications device e.g. phone, two-way radio.

See examples of high-risk and sensitive places in the table below

Place typeExamples Does not include
High-risk – livestock farming Egg or meat poultry farms when in sheds or enclosures
Piggeries
Cattle or sheep feedlots
Dairy sheds
Hobby farms
Small scale farms not operating on a commercial scale
Dairy or cattle operation in educational settings
High-risk – food processing and food manufacturing Canneries
Breweries
Large baked goods factories
Large food manufacturing including frozen food
Produce packing sheds
Wholesale fish markets
Facilities where unpackaged raw food products are handled (distribution centres for supermarkets)
Retail food outlets: Caf├ęs, bars and restaurants
Supermarkets
Micro-breweries
Small, local food manufacturing such as small batch jams, biscuits (type home-based businesses)
Pet food manufacturing
Sensitive places Nursing homes
Primary/secondary schools
Kindergartens
Hospitals with inpatient service
TAFE or universities
Government agencies
Dentists’ or doctors’ surgeries
Diagnostic facilities (x-ray, pathology or radiology services)

Activity Risk Management Plans (ARMPs)

Activity Risk Management Plans (ARMPs) are intended to assist in identifying and managing known and foreseeable risks associated with pest management activities, including fumigation, at high-risk or sensitive places. Before carrying out a pest management activity at a high-risk or sensitive place PMTs must ensure:

  • an ARMP has been prepared for the activity at the place
  • the PMT who prepared the plan holds the endorsement for preparing ARMPs
  • they have the contact details of the PMT authorised to supervise the activity.

During the activity PMTs must follow the ARMP and, if necessary, contact the PMT who is endorsed to supervise pest management activities at high-risk or sensitive places, to seek advice on any issues the PMT is unsure of. Templates are available to support the preparation of ARMPs.

Applying for high-risk or sensitive place endorsements

PMTs may apply for the endorsements using the Application for a Pest Management Licence. Applications for high-risk or sensitive places will need to include supporting evidence as outlined in the table below and be accompanied by the applicable fee for amending a pest management licence. PMT endorsement requirements for high-risk or sensitive places

PMT endorsement requirements for high-risk or sensitive places

Option 1

Provide copies of the Cert IV in Urban Pest Management competencies:

For sensitive places

CPPUPM4003 – Assess and advise on pest management options for sensitive operations; and
CPPUPM4005 – Implement and monitor pest management plans for sensitive operations

For high-risk places

CPPUPM4004 – Assess and advise on pest management options for complex operations; and
CPPUPM4006 – Implement and monitor pest management plans for complex operations

OR

Provide copies of equivalent Cert III in Urban Pest Management competencies

For sensitive or high-risk places

CPPPMT3002 – Assess, advise on options, and develop pest management plans for complex or high-risk operations; and
CPPPMT3007 – Implement pest management plans for complex or high-risk operations; and
CPPPMT3043 – Prepare and present pest management proposals for complex or high-risk operations

Option 2 If employed by a pest management business – provide a letter from their employer advising that the licensed PMT holds the necessary knowledge and experience to:

Prepare an Activity Risk Management Plan (ARMP) for high-Risk or Sensitive places; and
Supervise other PMTs undertaking pest management activities at High-Risk or Sensitive places; and
Provide documentary evidence of past pest management activities at high-risk or sensitive places e.g. pest advice notices and treatment records. Five records in the last two years for each endorsement being applied for.

OR

If a self-employed licensed PMT – provide documentary evidence of past pest management activities at high-risk or sensitive places e.g. pest advice notices and treatment records. Five records in the last two years for each endorsement being applied for.

Documentary evidence must be sufficiently detailed to identify the licensed PMT (name or licence number) who carried out the activity. Acceptable evidence includes pest control advice notices and treatment records. Note – generic statements provided under a company name (e.g. invoices) may not be acceptable.

* Please ensure each piece of evidence is highlighted as either a high-risk or sensitive place

Bird pests

Bird pests has been introduced as a new endorsement under the MPA and applies only to the use of chemical products for treating birds. PMTs do not need the bird pest endorsement for physical control of birds such as spikes or netting.

To obtain the bird pest endorsements PMTs can apply using the Application for a Pest Management Licence (PDF 228 kB). Applicants will need to provide evidence of completion of the Pest Bird Management Using Avicides Workshop approved by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

* Departmental Standard – Competency requirements for licensed technicians undertaking pest management activities with pesticides and fumigants – version 1 (PDF 272 kB).

Queries about authorisations for pest management activities can be directed to the Environmental Hazards Unit by email to environmentalhazards@health.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 6 September 2022