National Wild Dog Action Plan

This National Wild Dog Action Plan (NWDAP) has been developed to guide the implementation of the nationally-agreed framework for the strategic and risk based approach to wild dog management. The plan emphasises humane, safe and effective management techniques and appropriate scales for mitigating the impacts of wild dogs.


Stakeholders work together to deliver effective, coordinated and humane management of wild dogs in Australia.


The plan provides direction for the National management of wild dogs to minimise their negative impacts on agricultural, biodiversity and social assets.

The Plan is an industry-driven initiative, developed in response to the increasing number of wild dogs throughout the Australian mainland; their increasing negative impacts on primary production, the environment and social assets; and the need for the nationally coordinated approach to dealing with these issues.

While recognising the need for national coordination, the wild dog management work already being conducted by local and regional groups must be acknowledged. In the National Interest, the Plan seeks to build on and strengthen that work, consistent with local priorities and imperatives, It is important that any national approach harness the efforts and expertise of these local and regional groups in mitigating wild dog impacts. The plan also acknowledges the range of work undertaken by research organisations, both nationally and state-based, which have been be taken into account as the Plan works through implementation phases.

The Plan Update

The activities in the National Wild Dog Action Plan 2014-2019 are delivered by the Wild Dog Management Projects Stages 1 and 2. The activities will improve wild dog management across Australia by promoting a common and collaborative approach (including nil-tenure management) to wild dog management, by supporting land managers to gain relevant skills in wild dog management, and making information on tools and techniques for wild dog management more accessible.


  1. National coordination, consultation and communications
  2. Securing investment partners for the Plan’s future activities to 2019
  3. Community-led wild dog management in areas where problems are escalating or emerging
  4. Providing land and pest managers with current skills for wild dog management
  5. Updating and distributing existing information and developing new resources for land managers and the community
  6. Nationally agreed data collection and evaluation to standardis measures for wild dog control


  1. A robust governance and consultative framework with diverse stakeholder membership of the Implementation Steering Committee, Stakeholder Consultative Group and Working Groups covering Training and Extension, Communications and Engagement, Investment and Collaboration, Research and Development and Metrics
  2. Improved alignment of state wild dog management strategies with the National Wild Dog Action Plan
  3. A skill set in wild dog management identified and piloted for professional pest animal controllers
  4. Current PestSmart Connect resources available
  5. A Research and Development gap analysis promoted to funding and supporting organisations
  6. Investment collaboration valued at $209,500 ($94,500 cash contribution) enhanced the consultation processes, training and extension activities and initiated the development of standardised measures

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