FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

For farmers

  • What is the SSAA Farmer Assist program?

    SSAA National has developed this program to enable our members to help farmers with wildlife management. It provides hunting opportunities for our members and helps farmers concentrate on other important activities on their properties.

  • As a farmer, what do I need to do to be part of the SSAA Farmer Assist program?

    Firstly, you will need access to the internet and an email address to register. Once registered, you can login and create a job ad that gets displayed on the Jobs Board. From this point, you only need to monitor and review applications, and then suspend the job once you have enough applicants to talk to. The Farmers Quick Guide provides all the information you require to be able to use the program.

  • What is the practical shooting assessment that SSAA members need to complete to qualify?

    The practical assessment was designed to demonstrate a skill level compatible with what is required for ‘professional’ shooter accreditation (ie, commercial macropod harvesting). The task involves shooting the SSAA Farmer Assist Assessment Target at a supervised SSAA range and having it signed by a SSAA range officer. The target can be shot with either a centrefire or rimfire rifle. Members will need to be able to group five shots within the central assessment area of the target.

  • Who has control of SSAA member/s on my property?

    You have total control over who you invite onto your property to undertake pest control activities. You can change or withdraw permission of access at any time. You can place whatever conditions you like on those who you invite onto your property. SSAA National takes breaches of our Code of Practice seriously and will discipline any member found to be operating outside the spirit and guidelines of the program.

  • How many SSAA members can I utilise for pest control work?

    The program is designed to be flexible and allow farmers access to a database of accredited SSAA members who are ready and eager to help. The number of members you can contact and discuss your needs with is entirely up to you, we set no limits. For example, if your property is a considerable distance from major population centres such as a capital city, you could enlist 12 individual members to each visit your property for a single week-long trip at different times during the year. This would allow you to schedule a different or ongoing control activity each month without having to rely on the availability of one member each time, while still getting the pest control capacity you need.

  • Will SSAA Farmer Assist cost me money?

    No, the SSAA Farmer Assist program is a free, no-cost service to farmers. When our members attend your property, they are volunteers and do not expect payment for their services.

  • I haven’t received a verification email after registering. What should I do?

    First check your ‘junk mail’ folder to see if the verification email is there. If it is not there, contact us and we can manually check and verify your account. We aim to respond to you within one working day.

  • What should I do if I have forgotten my password or username?

    Go to the SSAA Farmer Assist login page and click on the ‘Forgot your password’ link to reset your password. You then will receive an email allowing you to create a new password. Your 'Username' is the email address you used to sign up for the program. You can also contact us and we can manually set you a new temporary password.

  • Why is SSAA Farmer Assist only set up as an online program?

    SSAA National has developed the program to be run and managed through the online interface to keep the costs of the program to a minimum. This program is a free service that is an extra benefit of holding a SSAA membership. You will need access to the internet and have a current email address to be able to register and participate in this program.

For members

  • What is the SSAA Farmer Assist program?

    SSAA National has developed this program to enable our members to help farmers with wildlife management. It provides hunting opportunities for our members and helps farmers address pest animal issues so they can concentrate on other important activities on their properties.

  • As a SSAA member, what do I need to do to be part of the SSAA Farmer Assist program?

    Firstly, you need to have and maintain your SSAA membership. You will need access to the internet and an email address to be able to complete the sign-up process. You will need to undertake the practical shooting assessment at a SSAA range. You will need to commit to and obey the safety, animal welfare and ethical hunting requirements of the program.

  • What is the difference between a ‘Current’ job and one with the status of ‘Pending’?

    When a job is listed as ‘Current’, you can apply for it. You apply for a job by viewing and assessing the job details and then using the personal message function to contact the farmer. If the status of the job is listed as ‘Pending’, this means that the farmer has manually switched off the application (message sending) function so they can review the applications they have received up to that point. The farmer may switch it back to ‘Current’ if they require more applications, or they may simply change it to ‘Closed’ when their needs have been met. Sometimes this takes time and you will see Pending jobs sitting static on the Jobs Board for a while until the farmer makes their decision.

  • When will farmers be posting jobs?

    Farmers from Queensland have been posting jobs since November 2013. Farmers from Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory are able to post jobs. Please remember we do not have control on the timing when farmers register for the program or when they post jobs. When they do, jobs are automatically uploaded onto the Jobs Board in real time.

  • What is the practical assessment task?

    The practical assessment task involves shooting the SSAA Farmer Assist Assessment Target and having it signed off by a range officer at a SSAA range. The target can be shot with either a centrefire or rimfire rifle. You will need to be able to group five shots within the central black assessment area of the target. This assessment displays a skill level compatible with what is required for ‘professional’ shooter accreditation (ie, commercial macropod harvesting).

  • Do I need to shoot both rimfire and centrefire rifles for the assessment?

    No, you only need to shoot one Assessment Target. You may decide to shoot both a rimfire or centrefire target depending on what firearms you own and what facilities are available at your SSAA range. If you want to upload two targets to your profile, you will need to create a two-page PDF document with both targets and upload that as a PDF file.

  • I have shot the Assessment Target and have had it signed off. What do I do with it?

    You must upload an electronic copy of the target when you go through the sign-up process. You will be requested to upload a JPG, PDF, PNG or GIF file to the ‘Copy of Assessment Target’ field. Please make sure that the file size does not exceed 2MB or you will receive an error message. You should also keep your original paper target and put it in a safe place. We recommend that you have it laminated and then put it inside your gun safe to protect it. Please remember that farmers have the right to request to see the target to confirm your competency.

  • I haven’t received a verification email after registering. What should I do?

    First check your ‘junk mail’ folder. If it is not there, contact us and will can manually check and verify your account. Sometimes email providers block our email so it would be a good idea to ensure ‘no-reply@farmerassist.org.au’ is listed as a ‘safe sender’ in your email account settings prior to attempting to register.

  • As a CWM member, what can I use as evidence of my membership to complete my registration?

    Because there is no standard national membership card for Conservation & Wildlife Management (CWM) members at the moment, you may upload an electronic copy of any of the following items as evidence of your specific state or territory CWM branch membership: ‘Hunter Accreditation Certification’ card, current CWM branch membership card, or written evidence from your CWM coordinator that indicates your CWM accreditation and membership.

  • I receive a ‘Membership Expired’ message when trying to log in but I have recently paid my membership?

    Because the SSAA Farmer Assist system is not linked to the SSAA's membership database, members need to update their membership expiry date manually. If you do not do this, the system will lock your account once the date in your profile has expired. To unlock your account, simply contact us via email and we will update your details.

  • What should I do if I have forgotten my password or username?

    Go to the SSAA Farmer Assist login page and click on the ‘Forgot your password’ link to reset your password. You then will receive an email allowing you to create a new password. Your Username is the email address you used to sign up for the program.

  • Why is SSAA Farmer Assist only set up as an online program?

    SSAA National has developed the program to be run and managed through the online interface to keep the costs of the program to a minimum. This program is a free service that is an extra benefit of holding a SSAA membership. You will need access to the internet and have a current email address to be able to register and participate in this program.

  • Do I need to carry any paperwork while conducting activities?

    You should always carry your firearms licence, hunting permit (if applicable) and any other documentation required while conducting activities. If you are undertaking activities under a pest mitigation or damage mitigation permit, you should carry a copy of that document to show that you are acting as an agent on behalf of the farmer. Having this information on your person or in a vehicle will prevent an embarrassing situation, should your permission to enter the property or conduct activities be questioned by a third party.

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