Pesticide control orders

The EPA issues pesticide control orders (PCOs) to ensure that potentially harmful and restricted pesticides are safely used and disposed of.  You can only use a restricted pesticide if authorised to do so under a PCO or restricted pesticide authorisation.

PCOs

  • prohibit or restrict the use of a pesticide or a class of pesticide
  • authorise the use or possession of a restricted pesticide
  • state how the restricted pesticide can be used in NSW

The EPA issues pesticide control orders

Each pesticide control order commences on the date specified in the order. New PCOS are published in the NSW Government Gazette and details may also be advertised in certain newspapers.

A restricted pesticide may

  • be harmful to humans
  • have an unintended effect that is harmful to any animal or plant, or the environment
  • require special knowledge, skill or qualifications for preparation or handling
  • require special equipment to use the product safely

The Australian Pesticides & VeterinaryMedicines Authority (APVMA) determines which pesticides should be restricted and what special controls  are needed for their  supply and use. Restricted pesticides are listed in Schedule 4 of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Regulations 1995.

Most pesticide control orders in force in NSW relate to the use of restricted pesticides.

To use restricted pesticides, you must

  • meet the requirements of the relevant PCO
  • have appropriate training

There is special training for 1080 and pindone

1080 is a restricted pesticide and can only be used by people who are authorised to do so.

If you plan to use 1080 you must read the Pesticide Control (1080 Bait Products) Order 2017 (PDF 667KB), including the relevant schedule for the pest animal you need to control.

Other 1080 control orders may also apply. These are

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The CCA timber treatment products PCO (PDF 33KB) sets out requirements for using copper chrome arsenate (CCA).

Use of CCA treated timber is restricted in NSW.

Health information about CCA and treated timber is available from NSW Health.

Strict penalties may apply if you do not comply with a PCO. Under the Pesticides Act 1999, the maximum penalties are

  • $60,000 for an individual
  • $120,000 for a corporation
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