How do I report misuse of pesticide?

Report the incident as soon as possible to the Environment Protection Authority. All reports are confidential and can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
By phone: 131 555
By email: info@environment.nsw.gov.au

Record important details

  • date, time and exact location of the affected area
  • duration of the event
  • weather conditions
  • your experience
  • description of the pesticide user
  • symptoms of harm to people, plants or animals
  • name or type of pesticide and how it was applied
  • the plants it was applied to or situation of use
  • description of spray equipment
  • how the spray equipment was being used, including the exact location and the direction and speed of movement
  • contact details of any other witnesses
  • any photographs or video recordings
  • details of any notification provided prior to pesticide application (such as signs, letters or telephone calls advising of the pesticide use).

Types of pesticide misuse to report

  • failing to follow label or permit instructions
  • causing injury
  • damaging property
  • harming a non-target plant or animal
  • using or possessing an unregistered pesticide
  • storing pesticides in containers without an approved label
  • disposing of a pesticide or its container illegally
  • spraying pesticides from an aircraft without a relevant EPA licence
  • spraying pesticide from an aircraft within 150 m of a residence, school or other public place without consent of the occupier
  • overspray affecting neighbouring properties.

More information

Find out more about pesticide misuse