State-based wild dog plans

The National Wild Dog Action Plan (developed in 2014) guides the implementation of a nationally-agreed framework for a strategic and risk based approaches to wild dog management; emphasising humane, safe and effective management techniques and appropriate scales for mitigating the impacts of wild dogs.

You can read the National Plan here –

Each state and territory does have its own legislative requirements for wild dog control and management strategies.

You can view the most relevant plans and strategies in place for each jurisdiction.


Queensland is currently reviewing an updated wild dog management strategy for 2017 and beyond. Here is a link to the Wild Dog Management Strategy which was in place from 2011 to 2016 –

New South Wales

NSW currently has a draft strategy which is under review which would be implemented during the period of 2017 to 2021 – 

This Strategy has been developed with input from a working group comprising representatives from NSW Department of Primary Industries, Local Land Services, NSW Farmers’ Association and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. The National Wild Dog Facilitator was also involved to provide important links to the National Wild Dog Action Plan and the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre.


Victoria has an action plan that sets out a five-year approach for the management of wild dogs in Victoria. It has the objective of all land owners and managers working together to reduce the negative impacts of wild dogs, this plan sets out three priority areas for government and stakeholder action:

  • strengthen the coordination of wild dog management
  • reduce the negative impacts of wild dogs
  • continuously improve how wild dogs are managed.

The Action Plan is being implemented between 2014 and 2019 –

Victoria have also recently completed a review of their program which can be found at –

South Australia

South Australia has a Wild Dog Strategic Plan in place which aims to protect the livestock industries and public safety from the impact of wild dogs whilst maintaining the ecological and cultural roles of the dingo as a wildlife species. The strategic plan is being implemented between 2016 and 2020 –


In Tasmania, the control and management of dogs (domestic and wild) is governed by the Dog Control Act 2000, Dog Control Regulations 2001, National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 and National Parks and Reserved Land Regulations 2009. Tasmania has guidelines for managing wild dogs in the state which was released in 2013. Information on this can be found here –

Western Australia

Western Australia released it industry-led Wild Dog Action Plan (WDAP) in 2016, which identifies the key issues for managing wild dogs across Western Australia. The WDAP was developed in recognition of the need for greater coordination and to accordingly revise the State’s plan for wild dog management. This plan is being implemented between 2016 and 2022 – 

Note: Their are no specific Action Plans in place for the Australia Capital and Northern Territories.

The National Wild Dog Action Plan is an industry initiative endorsed by Government.

Last updated: June 16, 2020
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