Catherine Austin

Wildlife Controller

Bachelor Commerce (Accounting)

Nelson Polytechnic 1994

Diploma Business Studies

Northland Polytechnic 1992

Catherine has wildlife management and operational experience at several regional and international airports. She was instrumental in the establishment of our Canadian operations in Vancouver and assisted with the set up and training of the wildlife management program at Vancouver International Airport. Catherine continued in the role as Assistant Site Manager, part of the team who provide wildlife hazard management 24/7. During this time, she assisted with airside operations and safety and used a variety of dispersal tools including pyrotechnics, laser, firearms, stock whips and dogs while operating at a busy international airport. Catherine now operates mainly at Gold Coast International Airport as wildlife controller, handling our airport dispersal dog “Joe”. 

Catherine has experience in:

  • airport bird and wildlife control
  • unrestricted airfield driving
  • handling airport dispersal dogs
  • aerodrome inspecting/reporting
  • firearms and pyrotechnics
  • project management

Areas of Expertise 

  • Aerodrome Operations
  • Handler airport dispersal dog
  • Environment, Quality and WHS
  • Project management
  • Risk Management

Licences and permit

  • Australian Security and Identification Card
  • QLD Firearms License Class A and B
  • Aircraft Radiotelephone Operators Certificate of Proficiency (AROCOP)
  • Inspecting/Reporting and Aerodrome Works Safety Officer Certificate
  • CPR, Paradise First Aid 2013
  • First Aid and Basic Emergency Life Support, Paradise First Aid 2013

Professional Development

  • Firearms Safety Refresher, BLP Training and Services 2013
  • Firearms Safety, Sporting Shooter Association of Australia 2013
  • Euthanasia Training, Endeavour Veterinary Ecology 2013
  • Bird and Wildlife Management Training, Avisure 2013
  • Environmental Studies, Nelson Polytechnic 1993
  • Advanced Excel, Computer Smart 2008, 2012
  • Workcover Rehabilitation Coordinator, Commerce Queensland 2004
  • TAB Operator, TAB Broadbeach 2007
  • QOGR Gaming Licence, QOGR 2005
  • General Safety Induction, TAIT 2003
  • Timberline Accounting, Timberline Brisbane 2002
  • Company Secretary Course, Institute of Company Secretaries 2000