Connect: Western Australia

The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) is the principal legislation for the management of pests within Western Australia. The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is responsible for the administration of the BAM Act.

The BAM Act recognises that biosecurity is a shared responsibility. It allows for the establishment of Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) to control declared pests at a landscape scale across tenure.

RBGs are DAFWA’s preferred partnership arrangement for the management and control of declared pests. They can levy rates on properties which are matched $-for-$ by Western Australian Government funds.

RBGs are intended to add value to the work of individual landholders, who are responsible for declared pest control on thier properties. Industry Funding Schemes are another mechanism under the BAM Act for industry-led responses to priority declared species.

DAFWA’s Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) provides a frontline contact for community members wanting to report unfamiliar pests, weeds and diseases.

The Biosecurity Council of Western Australia, also established under the BAM Act, provides advice to the Minister and the DAFWA Director General on strategic biosecurity policy.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) are responsible for managing pests that impact on native flora and fauna under the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 (CALM Act) and the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 . The Department of Fisheries manages pest fish and aquatic diseases under the Fish Resources Management Act 1994.

The map shown is divided into the seven NRM regions, which are based on catchments or bioregions of the state. Click on a region of interest to find out more about groups, agencies and organisations in that region involved in pest animal management.

More: Managing the Impact of Plant and Animal Pests: A State-wide Challenge  (Office of the Auditor general, WA site)

Some regions are yet to be populated with local group details. We aim to provide contact details of agencies, organisations and groups that are active in pest animal management and can provide people with services, useful advice or assistance – both at policy and practical on-ground levels. If you would like your group or agency listed, please [ CLICK HERE ] to fill out the form and submit your details.

Lead agencies

WA Dept of Agriculture & Food
policy, risk assessment, R&D, technical advice, regulation, emergency response, property inspections, planning and coordination of significant species control/eradication programs

WA Dept of Parks & Wildlife
programs and policies to manage pests that impact on native flora and fauna. Western Shield is the lead program involving large-scale fox and feral cat control.

WA Dept of Fisheries
protects environment against biosecurity threats posed by introduced aquatic pests and diseases. Monitoring and reporting through the Aquatic pest database

State NRM Office
facilitates the coordinated delivery of natural resource management in WA. Administers grants to support community participation in natural resource management activities.

 


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Last updated: December 24, 2015