Wild dogs can kill and harm livestock, especially sheep. As a result, they have been declared a pest under the Local Land Services Act 2013 (LLS Act).
Under the LLS Act, managers of public land (including the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)) must control wild dogs to the extent necessary to minimise the risk of the pest causing damage on any land.
However, to balance the need to control feral and hybrid wild dogs with the conservation of dingoes, the Pest Control Order for Wild Dogs allows the control obligation for lands listed under Schedule 2 of the Order to be satisfied through the preparation of a wild-dog management plan that addresses both the control of wild dogs and the conservation of dingoes.
This policy explains how NPWS meets its obligations to control wild dogs under the Pest Control Order. NPWS aims to minimise the risk of wild dogs causing damage while allowing for the conservation of dingoes within areas of national parks and reserves listed under Schedule 2 of the Pest Control Order.
1. NPWS will undertake wild dog control to meet its obligations under the LLS Act and the Local Lands Services (Wild Dogs) Pest Control Order 2015 (PDF 173KB).
2. NPWS may also undertake wild dog control to:
- ensure the safety of staff and visitors in parks
- minimise the impacts of wild dogs on biodiversity, especially where predation by wild dogs has been identified as a threat to species listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (including sites identified in recovery plans or threat-abatement plans)
- minimise the flow of feral-dog genes into the dingo population.