This update is part of the Healthier Landscapes campaign: improving the health of our land through integrated rabbit management.
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RHD Boost Update is an initiative of the healthier landscapes campaign, produced by the Invasive Animals CRC to keep you informed about the progress and national release of RHDV K5 to boost rabbit biocontrol.

An update on the EOI process to be a rabbit virus release and/or monitoring site

Thank you to those who have submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be involved as a release site and /or monitoring site for the pending release of RHDV1-K5.

The national release of RHDV1-K5 is now likely to take place in spring 2016 or autumn 2017, pending approvals.

The RHDV1-K5 is a national program. Governments have a number of factors to work through prior to release to ensure maximum impact on wild rabbit populations; that the necessary approvals are in place; and that affected landholders and community groups are fully informed.

The public consultation period for the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) approval process commenced on Tuesday 15 December 2015 and will conclude on Friday January 2016. As this product is a new active constituent, under the requirements of the AgVet Code, APVMA must conduct public consultation before finalising its decision.

The period to submit an EOI is extended until 31 May 2016. If you have already submitted an EOI, your submission is still valid and will be considered after the EOI period closes later this year. The research team are still accepting online EOIs from landowners and managers wanting to be involved in the release. The research team will strategically select sites mid-2016 and notify successful applicants.

What to do now?

It is strongly encouraged that landholders undertake their usual autumn rabbit management activities.  Late summer/early autumn is the ideal time to undertake poisoning and ripping programs and capitalise on naturally low rabbit populations. Undertaking conventional rabbit management programs at this time will not affect your chances of being selected as a release site for RHDV1-K5.

For enquiries regarding rabbit management in your state or territory jurisdiction, please call or email your local land management authority. Details can be found via PestSmart Connect -

Draft rabbit threat abatement plan now out for public consultation

Australia's long-running battle with the feral rabbit has entered a new phase, with last years release for public comment of an updated national plan to tackle this major environmental pest.

The latest draft of the Department of the Environment threat abatement plan for rabbits has found they affect more than 300 nationally-threatened species, double the number estimated in 2008.  [ Read more .... ]

Videos: Integrated rabbit management: promoting healthier landscapes

A playlist of short videos on integrated rabbit control is available via our YouTube channel. It covers current rabbit biocontrol research and includes interviews with farmers and researchers. Video demonstrations of rabbit control methods including baiting with a baitlayer, warren ripping and fumigation are also provided.  [  Watch now ... ]

RSPCA knowledgebase article - what is RHD and how do I protect my rabbit?'

RSPCA Australia have added an excellent article to their knowledgebase regarding what is RHD and how do I protect my rabbit from it. It includes extensive information on how to prevent your pet rabbit from RHD infection.  [ Read the full article ... ].

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