Australian Plague Locust Commission

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The Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC) is a division of the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, created in 1974 to manage outbreaks of the Australian plague locust, spur-throated locust and migratory locust in eastern Australia.[1] With 19 staff members at its headquarters in Canberra and field offices in Narromine, Broken Hill and Longreach, the Commission is funded half by the Commonwealth government and half by the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.


The APLC conducts regular surveys of locust populations and migrations and carries out control of locust outbreaks by means of aerial application of pesticides;[1] traditionally these were chemicals, but more recently APLC has been a major contributor to the development of a biological pesticide in collaboration with CSIRO and LUBILOSA scientists. With CSIRO, it also conducts educational outreach and training courses for landowners, businesses, and local governments, including international consulting work in China, Africa and South America.

Responsibility to control the pest species resides with the states. The APLC coordinates activities when species migrate across state borders.[2] The establishment of the APLC allowed for the first use of remotely sensed data to forecast locust populations in Australia.[3]

In 2010, the APLC together with the states identified the potential for a significant infestation of the spur-throated locust. A coordinated effort to minimise damage was undertaken. It was estimated the activities resulted in a saving of $963 million from the expenditure of $50 million.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Role of the Australian Plague Locust Commission". Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Commonwealth of Australia. 14 June 2011. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Walker, Paul; D. Hunter; R. Elder (2007). "Locusts and Grasshoppers of Pastures and Rangelands". In Bailey, PT. Pests of Field Crops and Pastures: Identification and Control. Csiro Publishing. p. 485. ISBN 0643099425. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Latchininsky, Alexandre V.; Ramesh Sivanpillai (2010). "Locust Habitat Monitoring and Risk Assessment Using Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques". In Ciancio, Aurelio; Mukerji, K. G. Integrated Management of Arthropod Pests and Insect Borne Diseases. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 180. ISBN 9048186064. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Karole, David John; Sarah Boulter (2013). "Afterward: Floods, Storms, Fire and Pestilence - Disaster Risk in Australia During 2010-2011". In Boulter, Sarah; Palutikof, Jean; Karoly, David John; Guitart, Daniela. Natural Disasters and Adaptation to Climate Change. Cambridge University Press. pp. 252–254. ISBN 1107511984. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 

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