Invasive Pests Control Scheme
The Invasive Pests Control Scheme places responsibility for identifying and controlling invasive pests upon landholders, in line with the general biosecurity obligation imposed by the Biosecurity Act 2014. Landholders are required to demonstrate adequate control of invasive pests on their land. Council assists landholders meet their invasive pest control obligations through provision of advice and assistance with best practice control methods and other initiatives.
Council commissioned an evaluation of the IPCS to better understand its effectiveness in reducing the impacts of invasive pests in our Region. The IPCS Evaluation Report (PDF 1.7MB) describes the economic, environmental and social costs and benefits of the IPCS and forecasts the impacts of the scheme in the region over time.
Council has an Invasive Pests Control Scheme levy that will be applied to all relevant land. Landowners who demonstrate to Council that they have met their invasive pest control obligations will receive a 100% concession of the levy.
Landowners who do not meet their invasive pest control obligations will be charged the levy via the issue of a supplementary rates notice.
All rateable land within the Southern Downs Region, in the following differential general rating categories, is subject to the Invasive Pests Control Scheme:
- Residential 4
- Commercial and Industrial - Rural
- Agriculture and Faming 1, 2 & 3
- Horticulture 1,2 & 3
- Private Forestry
- Special Uses
How the Scheme works
Owners of land to which the Scheme applies will receive a Control Works Form late in June. The Control Works Form must be completed and returned to Council by the due date shown on the Control Works Form.
Landholders who do not have invasive pests on their land need only tick the box “I do not have invasive pests on my property” and then sign and submit the Control Works Form. An inspection may be conducted by Council Pest Management Officers to verify this declaration.
Landholders who do have invasive pests on their land need to complete the Control Works Form as per the instructions on the reverse side of the form then sign and submit it to Council. An inspection may be conducted by Council Pest Management Officers to verify that the proposed works are sufficient and that they have been completed satisfactorily.
Submission of Control Works Forms (CWF) via the on-line portal for the 2019/2020 Invasive Pest Control Scheme (IPCS) will open on Friday 28 June 2019 in line with the issue of the CWF. Please see the link below.
For answers to frequently asked questions about the Scheme please see the Invasive Pests Control Scheme Brochure (PDF 1.5MB).
Please take the time to complete the Invasive Pests Control Scheme survey by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HQF9HNH
Your feedback on the Scheme will be much appreciated.