Facilitating community adoption of digital resources – FeralScan


Digital mobile technology can greatly enhance biosecurity and the productivity of agricultural systems to maximise industry, community and environment benefits for landholders and the community. This project will facilitate community adoption of digital technologies including PestSmart and FeralScan community pest monitoring technology (with mobile Apps), and enhance this with community networking resources to ensure community and landholder needs remain front and centre of our organisation’s business. The project will focus on

  1. developing new tools for invasive species detection and reporting,
  2. promoting monitoring of invasive species,
  3. promoting community access to pest control technologies, resources, services and support that are tailored specifically to an individual’s needs,
  4. connecting people and communities,
  5. sharing data with pest management stakeholders
  6. and empowering people to make informed decisions about pest management. 

In progress


  1. Develop Web- and App-based pest surveillance, detection, and Alert Systems for farmers and regional management organisations, including the highly successful FeralScan community pest mapping resource, new incursion detection and response services, biocontrol tracking, and citizen science programs.  
  2. Deliver training to farmers, landholder associations, community-groups, local government and regional stakeholders using digital technologies and services – tailored to the needs of individuals. 
  3. Promote community access to and adoption of pest control resources including the latest pest control technologies, advice and extension services, as well as connect people to support services, pest control professionals, regional organisations and local community organisations. 
  4. Develop data management services for invasive species information sharing across all states/territories of Australia, enabling a client-focused system for data access and real-time data sharing of invasive species data (including citizen science data). 
  5. Promote access to pest control resource toolkits (including online services) by farmers, community groups, local government organisations, landholder groups, regional NRM bodies, and pest management agencies.  
  6. Build enduring local, regional, government, business and community partnerships to promote collaborative and coordinated involvement in invasive species management and RD&E. 

Project Leader

Peter West
Project Team
  • Peter West, NSW Department of Primary Industries.  
  • Dr Peter Fleming, Research Leader – Predator and prey management, NSW Department of Primary Industries.  
  • Dr Ian McDonald, Communications Manager, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
Project Partners
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI)
  • Australian Wool Innovation (AWI)



February 2019: 

FeralScan is successfully supporting adoption of its web and App-based community pest surveillance platform. including usage of enhanced alert notification services and online closed-group functionality, by community user groups, regional biosecurity groups and government biosecurity stakeholders across NSW, SA, Vic, WA and Qld.  

FeralScan has achieved significant milestones over 2018, including: 

  • 20,500 users of FeralScan, (comprising 15,500 total registered users plus 4,950 non-registered users) – including 3,787 NEW registered users since July 2017. 
  • 109,700 total FeralScan records of pest animal species, and 10-15K images – 43,000 new pest animal records since project commencement in July 2017. 
  • 308 user groups registered as ‘closed private groups’ within FeralScan (total private registered user groups) plus 30-50 additional groups using FeralScan as registered individuals. 
  • Communication of 2,500 Wild Dog Alert notification emails to landholder groups, wild dog control associations, Biosecurity agencies and stakeholders. 

In 2018, the DeerScan community feral deer reporting website and app became available via www.deerscan.org.au 

A national CarpMap website and Questionnaire survey was also designed and deployed in partnership with CSIRO and Fisheries Research and development Corporation (FRDC). This was launched and is available from www.carpmap.org.au. Results include completion of the Survey by 600 members of the public.  

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