Invasive species

Introduced species


National biosecurity strategy 2022-2032

The task for Australia’s biosecurity system is becoming increasingly complex, creating new challenges for governments, industry and other stakeholders in protecting Australia’s biosecurity status. This strategy document outlines a collective vision for Australia’s future biosecurity system.

Averting extinctions: the case for strengthening Australia’s threat abatement system

This report by five national conservation groups warns that Australia faces an avalanche of imminent extinctions requiring policy and regulatory responses and restoration programs which strengthen the threat abatement system.

Report of the Inquiry into ecosystem decline in Victoria

Victoria’s ecosystems are currently facing serious decline. Population growth and spread has put pressure on ecosystems, which has led to the degradation and loss of many native species and habitats. The Committee has used both the submissions and the evidence given at public hearings, as...
Technical report

Estimating trading partner exposure risk to new pests or diseases

In this report, the authors propose a pragmatic method that integrates border interceptions, trade data, pest occurrence records and climate suitability models to estimate the exposure risk of potential and current trading partners obtaining a new high threat pest or disease.

Predator free 2050 5-year action plan

This document outlines how New Zealand plans to become predator free by 2050. The action plan focuses on the work required over the next 5 years (2020–2025) and outlines key near-term outcomes within the six pathways.

Cane toads on the march

This inquiry provided an opportunity to review and renew efforts to control the spread of cane toads. The recommendations in this report envisage taking immediate practical steps, as well as continuing with research efforts toward larger-scale solutions.
Policy report

Safe keeping - inquiry into the biosecurity of Australian honey bees

Bees play a vital role in food production through pollination. This report explores threats to the bee industry.
Journal article

Improving management of invasive species: New Zealand's approach to pre- and post-border pests

Biological invasions are a ubiquitous global concern. Invasive species are non-native species that arrive in a new area, establish and increase in density and distribution to the detriment of the recipient environment. Such species that become invasive are a major threat to biodiversity. Unlike inanimate...

Managing the impacts of feral camel across remote Australia: final report of the Australian Feral Camel Management Project

The Australian Feral Camel Management Project (AFCMP) was a partnership of 20 organisations, supported by the Australian Government, that was contracted in 2010 to reduce the density of feral camels, with the primary aim of decreasing the threat to the ecological and biodiversity value at...

Implications of the restriction on the use of fenthion on Australia’s horticultural industry

This report examined the implications of restricting the use of fenthion, which is a chemical used for insect pest control, particularly for fruit fly. Background On 12 December 2013, the Senate referred the following matter to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee...

National wild dog action plan

For many years now, wild dogs have been a major problem for all grazing industries in Australia. The issue is not just a matter of direct stock and financial losses, although these losses run into many millions of dollars each year; wild dogs are also...

Managing the impacts of feral camel across remote Australia: Overview of the Australian Feral Camel Management Project

In 2009, the Australian Feral Camel Management Project was established with support from the Australian Government to manage the impacts of feral camels on: • nominated environmental sites, which are generally rangelands water sources and surrounding vegetation (Figure 2) • pastoral vegetation and therefore soil...

Effects of introduced trout predation on non-diadromous galaxiid fish populations across invaded riverscapes

Abstract We assessed the landscape-scale effect of predation pressure from trout on the population integrity and distributions of non-diadromous galaxiids in high-country streams of the South Island, New Zealand. The effects of trout (brown trout, Salmo trutta, and rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss) on two widespread...
Conference paper

Aliens from the garden

This paper examines the role of weeds beyond the spatial, to consider their history, both social and evolutionary. The central focus is, however, the ‘culture’: the definition of place that makes the plant a problem. We are particularly interested in how changing cultural aesthetics in...
Technical report

Pulse disease guide

The Victorian Pulse Disease Guide provides information on disease management and the disease resistant ratings for pulse crops.
Technical report

Blue oat mite

Blue oat mites (BOM) (Penthaleus spp.) are species of earth mites which are major agricultural pests of southern Australia and other parts of the world, attacking various pasture, vegetable and crop plants. BOM were introduced from Europe and first recorded in New South Wales in...
Technical report

Redlegged earth mite

The redlegged earth mite (RLEM) - (Halotydeus destructor) is a major pest of pastures, crops and vegetables in regions of Australia with cool wet winters and hot dry summers. The RLEM was accidentally introduced into Australia from the Cape region of South Africa in the...
Conference paper

Urban Australian cities under termite attack

It is critical to identify information gaps between current acceptable industry practice for termite management in urban locations and public concerns.

Turning back the tide - the invasive species challenge

Terms of reference Preface On 26 March 2003 the Senate agreed to the recommendation of the Selection of Bills Committee in its Report No. 4 of 2003 that the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002 be referred to the Environment Communications...
Technical report

Diamondback moth

The diamondback moth is the most destructive insect pest of brassica crops throughout the world. Reliance on chemicals as a control measure for the diamondback moth has resulted in the development of resistance to many insecticides. Resistance to synthetic pyrethroid insecticides has been detected in...