Gateway pests of NSW

Greater Sydney Local Land Services has led a training program to manage the risk of high priority pests entering NSW in partnership with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.

As part of this project, we have now developed an online e-learning education and training package to broaden awareness and boost post-border surveillance and detection along high-risk pathways.

This training is for the following groups:

Boat Owners Recreational Fishers   
Boat OwnersRecreational FishersCouncil WorkersWarehouse WorkersBushwalker
GreenskeeperAqua Culture FarmerOperations ManagerCommunity GardnerLandscaper

These e-learning modules feature known overseas and interstate pests that are recognised as having high damage potential to industries if they were to become established in NSW and Australia. These online learning modules have been designed to build capacity among people working in freight, logistics, ports and the agricultural sectors as well as community groups e.g. ports, community groups and local community gardening groups, to build networks and increase:

  • awareness of priority pests
  • surveillance networks
  • reporting capacity within the community.

Early detection and reporting are key to successfully eradicating an exotic pest or disease incursion. The earlier anything unusual is discovered and reported, the less chance it has to reproduce and spread.

E-Learning Modules:

By completing the following e-learning modules you will be trained in the recognition, surveillance and reporting of cargo pests, priority exotic plant pests and new incursion species.

Here you will discover their:

  • Pathways of introduction
  • Impacts on you, our environment and our agricultural industries
  • Hideouts and what to do if you spot these pests

Module 1: Introduction to gateway pests etc

Module 2: Invasive ants, sharp shooters and pine tree pests

Module 3: Exotic reptiles, stinkbugs and plane tree pests

Module 4: Exotic mammals, khapra beetle, tomato potato psyllid and Myrtle rust

Module 5: Exotic amphibians, citrus diseases and Asian gypsy moths

Module 6: Aquatics introductory module

Local government, industry and community have played a pivotal role in “shutting the gate” on these pests. Find out how you can help!

Access E-Learning Modules

For more information on accessing the e-learning modules email:

You can also visit the DPI website for further background on this important initiative

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