2016 Vertebrate Pest Management Symposium

Call for Abstracts

The Organising Committee invite you to submit an abstract for consideration at the symposium. The closing date for submissions is Friday 25th May 2018. Proposed symposium themes include:


The People theme acknowledges that community engagement is critical in the development and implementation of pest control programs. There have been countless examples of well-planned control programs that have failed due to community attitudes, lack of understanding or resistance.  Equally, there are an increasing number of pest control programs that are successful purely because of cooperation between neighbours. Presentations will focus on topics such as:

  • Innovative management and/or community engagement case studies
  • Peri-urban pest management and dealing with new audiences who may be otherwise disengaged
  • The challenges of communicating pest management
  • Overcoming the challenges of absentee owners


There is no doubt that the legislation, policy and planning sector is becoming more important.  With many states introducing new biosecurity legislation and an increasing pressure on demonstrating measurable success, the Planning theme is vital if pest animal management programs are to continue to be sufficiently funded. Presentations will focus on topics such as:

The latest in legislation and policy

  • How well does the Biosecurity Act support compliance?
  • What does the revocation of pest control orders mean in practice?

Strategic planning

  • New Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plans, the key to success?

Performance measurement

  • How do we currently measure performance?
  • How do we do this consistently?
  • How can we do it better?


Of course when it all comes down to it, pest animal management, whatever the pest, involves people undertaking a range of control methods. With new technology always being released and research finding new ways of solving old problems, the challenge for pest management practitioners is staying across the latest developments. This theme will help participants do exactly that with presentations on topics such as:

  • New management and monitoring techniques, tactics and tools
  • New management and monitoring techniques, tactics and tools
  • Improved knowledge of vertebrate pest biology and ecology
  • Peri-urban pest management
  • New Research

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline:
Monday 11th June 2018
Notification to authors of Abstract Status:
Friday 29th June 2018
Deadline for presenters to register:
Friday 31st August 2018
Earlybird Registration Deadline:
Friday 31st August 2018

Symposium Managers

For further information regarding the 2018 NSW Pest Management Symposium, please contact:


East Coast Conferences
Jayne Hindle, Amy McIntosh, Jasmine Durbidge

Phone: (61-2) 6650 9800
Fax: (61-2) 6650 9700
Mobile: 0423 497 038
Postal: PO Box 848, Coffs Harbour,
NSW, 2450 Australia
Email: jayne@eastcoastconferences.com.au
ABN: 56 515 955 798 (East Coast Conferences)

Expression of Interest

Fill in the expression of interest form to be kept up to date with information on the 2018 NSW Pest Management Symposium

Abstract submission

Please note that abstract submission is only available online. Abstracts need to be submitted by the main presenting author of the paper. 

If you are interested in submitting an abstract for consideration, please complete the following steps:


  1. Read the Guidelines and Policies for Submission of Abstracts.
  2. Download and read the Author Instructions. Please print these instructions and have them nearby when you are ready to submit your abstract.
  3. Save the Abstract Template to your computer, and use this to prepare your abstract.
  4. Write your abstract using the Microsoft Word template, adhering to the formatting guidelines outlined in the Author Instructions. Save your abstract on your computer, in an easy to find location. Please note that abstract titles should be a maximum of 12 words, and abstract text should be a maximum of 300 words.
  5. Ensure you have a short biography (max 50 words) for yourself, and every co-presenter listed on the abstract.
  6. Click on the “Submit Abstract” button below, and follow the steps outlined in the Author Instructions.

Any Questions?

If you experience any difficulties with the abstract submission process, or have any questions, please contact Jayne Hindle at East Coast Conferences by emailing jayne@eastcoastconferences.com.au or by calling 02 6650 9800 or 0423 497 038.

If accepted, all presenting authors will need to register and pay to attend the conference, at least for the scheduled day of the presentation. The deadline for presenters to register is Friday 31st August 2018.