Abstract submissions are now closed.

For all queries, please contact the Conference Organiser, Conference Logistics (avpc@conlog.com.au).

Deadline dates

Closing date for abstract submission: 18th November 2016.

Abstracts under review: 18th November 2016–19th December 2016.

Authors notified of acceptance: 19th December 2016.


The 17th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference will be held at the Hotel Realm, National Circuit, Barton, ACT from the 1st to the 4th May 2017. The conference will comprise of broad themes with symposia on focussed topics in those themes. The suggestions shown below each theme are not restrictive and are only to give an example of potential sessions rather than being prescriptive:

  1. Prevention and incursions response
    • Innovations to prevent new incursions
    • Detection technologies and citizen science in incursion surveillance and response systems
    • Island eradications
  2. Containment
    • Deer management strategies and toolkit
    • Cane toad management strategies and toolkit
    • Challenges to containment (eg. deer, wild horses)
  3. Control: Asset protection at a landscape scale
    • Biocontrol
      1. Rabbit biocontrol and the national release of RHDV1 K5
      2. Carp biocontrol and proposed release of Cyprinid herpes virus-3
      3. Future research areas in biocontrol: gene drive technology in controlling vertebrate pests, etc)
    • Tactical tools
      1. Feral cats [new tools and implementation of the National Threatened Species Strategy]
      2. New and emerging tools: toxins, traps and other tactical
      3. New and emerging tools; fertility control tools, chemical control in birds – e.g. oestrogen blockers
    • Strategies
      1. Integrated pest animal management
      2. Novel strategic approaches to established pests (peri-urban strategies, implementation of the National Wild Dog Action Plan, and cluster fencing)
      3. Translating pest animal technologies into practical applications
  4. Institution and program management innovation
    • Invasive animal management institutions to enable community-led action
    • Policy and regulatory innovations
    • Measuring impact, including the impact of policy in the field (Benefit cost analyses and decision support systems)
    • Communicating pest management science to decision-makers
    • Value conflicts with cross-over vertebrate pests (environmental and agricultural vertebrate pests)
    • Animal welfare in vertebrate pest management
  5. Community led action
    • Community led pest animal management (eg rabbit / wild dogs)
    • Mobilising communities
    • Communication innovations in the digital age
  6. Transformative ideas or initiatives
    • Predator Free New Zealand
    • Other
  7. Open Session