The Pesticides Regulation 2017 (the Regulation) was gazetted on 1 September 2017. It has provisions which deal with
- Licensing – currently pest management technicians and fumigators, and aerial application pilots and businesses must hold licences. From 1 July 2018 ground applicators must also hold a licence and pest management technician or fumigators trainees must hold a training permit. Licence application fees and prescribed qualifications are defined in the Regulation
- Record keeping – commercial users of pesticides must all keep records of their pesticide use. This includes farmers, noxious weed authorities, council sprayers and anyone else using pesticides as part of their business. The details that must be kept vary slightly depending on whether you are a licensed or non-licensed pesticide user. If you are using pesticides in your home for domestic purposes, such as for weed control, you do not have to keep records.
- Training – everyone that uses pesticides in their business or as part of their job must complete mandatory training. For non-licensed pesticide users the Regulation now provides two pathways to maintaining competence in pesticides use. The first is to complete a short refresher course every five years, the second is to be a member of an EPA approved quality assurance (QA) scheme or stewardship program. To be eligible for approval the QA scheme or stewardship program must have content relating to the safe use of pesticides. Training requirements for licensees are separate.
- Notification – some pesticide users must give prior notice of their pesticide use. Public authorities (including NSW Government departments and local councils) applying pesticides in public places, such as parks and ovals, and those near sensitive places, such as schools and nursing homes need to develop a notification plan describing how they will provide the public with notice about their pesticide use in outdoor public places. From 1 July 2018 universities will come under the definition of 'public authority' in the Regulation. Pest management technicians applying pesticides in residential complexes and near sensitive places must also give notice.