Supplementary pest control
Through a Terms of Reference, the Premier and the Minister for the Environment requested that the Commission evaluate the supplementary pest control trial program to assist the NSW Government in deciding whether, and how, to proceed with the proposed supplementary pest control program beyond the three-year trial period.
The supplementary pest control trial program uses volunteer shooters, and aims to assist in controlling pest animals by complementing ongoing National Parks and Wildlife Service pest control programs.
Final report submitted to the Premier
In February 2017, the Commission submitted its final report on the supplementary pest control trial to the Premier of NSW and the Minister for the Environment, Local Government and Heritage.
The Government is currently considering the report. After receiving a response from the Government, the Commission will make the report publicly available on this website.
The Commission greatly appreciates the time and effort of all those involved throughout the evaluation. The valuable feedback and insights received have informed the final recommendations.
- A systematic review of ground-based shooting for pest animal control (Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, 2016)
The Commission has previously released an interim evaluation report, a preliminary evaluation of trial design, and an overview of the evaluation framework.
The interim evauation found early positive results from trialling volunteer pest control in national parks. The preliminary evaluation report focused on the design of the trial and found that the trial was well designed, and is consistent with the program approved by Government. The overview of the evaluation framework outlined the scope and objectives of the evaluation, how the evaluation will be conducted, and the evaluation milestones and deliverables.
Interim evaluation - Supplementary pest control trial (February 2016)
Preliminary evaluation - Supplementary pest control trial (December 2014)
Overview of evaluation framework - Supplementary pest control trial (August 2014)
The NSW Government has announced a supplementary pest control trial program in national parks and other reserves using volunteer shooters who will work under the direct supervision of the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
The purpose of this program is to assist in controlling pest animals by complementing ongoing National Parks and Wildlife Service pest control programs.
The program will commence initially as a three-year trial in 12 reserves.
The trial will be independently evaluated before any further roll out of the program.
The Office of Environment and Heritage website has more information on the supplementary pest control trial program.
The Commission will independently evaluate the trial based on an evidence-based exploration of the key issues, outputs and outcomes achieved during the trial period.
In developing its advice, the Commission will consider:
- the effectiveness of the trial in contributing to the aims and objectives of existing National Parks and Wildlife Service pest control programs
- the efficiency of the trial, including costs and benefits of the trial, and comparison with alternative uses of the available resources
- the social impacts of the trial, including an analysis of safety and animal welfare outcomes, stakeholder perceptions of the program, and levels of engagement with park neighbours, Aboriginal groups and other local stakeholders.
The scope of the evaluation does not include evaluation of other National Parks and Wildlife Service pest control programs. It also does not include evaluation of ground shooting as a stand-alone pest control technique.
The Commission will consult with relevant stakeholders and technical experts, and will work closely with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in designing and conducting the evaluation. The evaluation will encompass ongoing data collection and analysis to inform the evaluation of the trial.
During the evaluation, the Commission will produce the following deliverables which will be made publicly available on this website.
Schedule of evaluation deliverables