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Notification of pesticide use

It is compulsory for some pesticide users to give notice that they are planning to use pesticides. Notification is based on the principle that people have a basic right to know when they may be affected by pesticide use and a right to make informed decisions about their contact with pesticides. The aim of notification is to let people choose to reduce their exposure to pesticide use if they wish.

Three key groups need to give notice of pesticide use:

  • Public authorities, including State government departments, local councils and county councils. They need to have developed notification plans that describe how they will provide the public with notice about their pesticide use in outdoor public places such as parks and ovals, and in public places near sensitive sites such as schools and hospitals. See Notification of pesticide use in public places
  • People who organise a professional pesticide treatment by a pest management technician in the common areas of multiple occupancy residential complexes, including property and strata managers and managing agents. They need to give residents prior notice of pesticide use in these areas. See Notification of pesticide use in residential complexes
  • Pest management technicians who apply pesticides in the common areas of multiple occupancy residential complexes need to give residents notice that they are using pesticides in these areas. See Notification of pesticide use in residential complexes

    Pest management technicians must advise sensitive places (e.g. kindergartens and community health centres) of planned outdoor pesticide use on adjacent properties. See Notification of pesticide use near sensitive places.

Click a link below to go directly to that information:

More about these laws

See the Pesticides Regulation 2009.

Help to prepare or revise a plan by councils or public authorities

If you work for a council or public authority, you can view or download:

Help to prepare a notice

In relation to notifying owners of pesticide use in common areas of multiple occupancy residential complexes, and on sites near a sensitive place, fact sheets describing these responsibilities are available for:

You can also print out or download a blank form for giving notice of a pesticide use and simply fill in the blanks:

Alternatively you may wish to use this form as a guide to design your own form.

Help identifying a sensitive place for pest management technicians

If you are not familiar with the site and its surrounds, you can commonly identify a neighbouring sensitive place initially by:

  • confirming the address of the proposed treatment and asking the person arranging the pesticide application if they are aware of any sensitive places next door or immediately behind the location of the job
  • checking the location for neighbouring sensitive places using relevant on-line search facilities, such as:
    • 'My neighbourhood' search facility shows hospitals, playgrounds, schools, preschools, kindergartens and childcare centres. First enter the relevant postcode and then use the drop-down menus and check-boxes on the right hand side of the page to display the specific schools/playgrounds etc on the map.
    • Australian Schools Directory search facility provides a list of schools in an area based on suburb
    • Yellow Pages lists community health centres and nursing homes in any specific local area.
  • checking a current street directory, which usually shows the location of schools and nursing homes.
  • carrying out a site inspection, noting the location of surrounding sensitive places.

Voluntary notification

Voluntary notification principles apply for pesticides users in agricultural situations. Agricultural industries are encouraged to adopt statements of principles or codes of practice to assist their members to provide notice of their pesticide use. The NSW Farmers Association has developed a Statement of Principles for voluntary notification of pesticide use.

Pesticide Control Order Air 1

Pesticide control order Air-1 (1987air-1.pdf, 83KB), prohibits the spraying of pesticides from aircraft within 150 metres of a residence, school, factory premises or other specified public place without written consent of the occupier. For further information about what pilots must do before they apply a pesticide see the EPA's Pesticides Act webpage.

Page last updated: 27 August 2015