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Australia

Provides selected Australia resources from agencies and organizations with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

Spotlights

  • Australia State of Environment Report Highlights Invasive Species Still a Major Threat

    • Jul 19, 2022
    • Australian Invasive Species Council.

    • The 2021 independent State of Environment Report has highlighted that invasive species are identified as the most prevalent threat to Australian wildlife and are the primary cause of extinction events. The report warns of the compounding and devastating impact of multiple threats to Australia’s environment, especially invasive species, habitat destruction and climate damage.

  • Australia's Native Wildlife in Grip of Unprecedented Attack

    • Nov 23, 2021
    • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia).

    • A new report, Fighting Plagues and Predators: Australia’s Path to a Pest and Weed-Free Future (PDF | 12 MB), reveals the environment is facing a "sliding doors" moment, with two possible futures for Australia, depending on the decisions made today. It highlights a looming wave of new extinctions and outlines two futures for Australia, one based on an unsustainable ‘business as usual’ approach and the other based on implementing targeted actions that will help save our unique biodiversity. The report pegs the conservative cost of damage caused by invasive species in Australia – predominantly weeds, feral cats, rabbits and fire ants – at $390 billion over the past six decades and around $25 billion each year and growing.

  • Animal Pests and Diseases - Foot-and-Mouth Disease

    • Australian Government. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

    • In May 2022, an outbreak of FMD was reported in cattle in Indonesia and has since spread to Bali. An incursion of the virus would have severe consequences for Australia’s animal health and trade. The emergence and rapid spread of FMD in Indonesia has changed the risk profile for passengers and goods arriving in Australia. As result Australia has strengthened its border activities and new measures were immediately imposed to help prevent an incursion.

  • Top 40 Exotic and Unwanted Plant Pests

    • Australian Government. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

    • Australia is lucky to be free from many of the world’s most damaging plant pests. Exotic plant pests are capable of damaging our natural environment, destroying our food production and agriculture industries, and some could change our way of life. Australia’s biosecurity system helps protect us from exotic plant pests. The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment manages this system with state and territory ​governments, industry and the community. The Plant Health Committee has recently reviewed the National Priority Plant Pests that are exotic to Australia, under eradication or have limited distribution. These are the focus of government investment and action, including funding through the Priority Pest and Disease Planning and Response. While by no means the only plant pests of biosecurity concern, the National Priority Plant Pests serve to highlight the sort of threats Australia faces. View the National Priority Plant Pests (2019).

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this location, organized by source.

Council or Task Force
Partnership
  • Rod Randall's Big Weed List

    • Nov 2003
    • University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health; Invasive.org.

    • Produced by: Rod Randall, Western Australia Department of Agriculture
      Note: Webarchive for Nature Conservancy's Global Invasive Species Team

  • Australian Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation

    • Australian Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation.

    • The Australian Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation was established to follow the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) which finished operations in June 2018, supported with unspent funds from PBCRC.

  • Centre for Invasive Species Solutions

    • Invasive Animals Limited (Australia).

    • The Centre for Invasive Species Solution is a national collaborative research, development and extension organisation, formed to tackle the ongoing threat from invasive species. Initially focusing on vertebrate pest threats.

  • PestSmart Connect

    • Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (Australia).

  • Weeds Australia

    • Centre for Invasive Species Solutions; Atlas of Living Australia; Australian Government. Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

    • This collection houses Australia's most accurate and detailed listing of weeds within Australia and provides descriptions of their status in each Australian jurisdiction, as well as information about their physical and biological characteristics, diagnostic features, impacts, management strategies and methods, distribution and links to key resource and documents.

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