Strychnine permit - Queensland


You require this permit to purchase, possess or use strychnine.

Strychnine is a plant derived poison from the Strychnos nux-vomica, an ever-green tree. You must only use strychnine for land baiting wild dogs and foxes. Aerial administration of baits containing strychnine is prohibited. Once a permit expires, the legal permission ceases and any remaining strychnine should be surrendered.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • given a minimum of 72 hours notice to all neighbouring landholders
  • display warning signage at the front of the property
  • provide a scaled map with details of all dwellings, baiting areas, and other features
  • provide details of any indictable or drug related offences you have been charged with
  • comply with the conditions set out in the 'Requirements for possession and use of strychnine for wild dog and fox control in Queensland'.


Up to two years


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No fees are payable for this permit.

Application process


You can obtain this licence by completing the 'Regulated poisons in baiting products application form' and submitting it to the agency at the address specified.

The agency will conduct searches to ascertain your acceptability as an applicant for this permit. The agency may also conduct an inspection of your property to assess its suitability for strychnine use.


This permit cannot be transferred

Additional information

The quantity of strychnine being applied for in the permit will be scrutinised by the agency to ensure that the quantity is not in excess of that needed for the stated purpose. The maximum amount of strychnine is:

  • 25g for baiting
  • 100g for trapping.

Strychnine does not break down by microbial action as quickly as 1080. For this reason, strychnine baits should be monitored for uptake and retrieved after seven days or when the target animal has been killed.

Administering agency

Queensland Health

Public Health Regulation and Licensing

Contact details

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Public Health Regulation and Licensing

Queensland Health

Mailing address: PO Box 2368
Fortitude Valley
Queensland 4006
Phone: 07 3328 9310
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