A ‘new and emerging’ vertebrate pest problem may be caused by the establishment of pest populations of species previously not found in Australia, or the expansion of a already established species into a new area or region. The relatively recent introduction of foxes to Tasmania is an example of this.Prevention of invasive animal problems is the most cost-effective course of action. In the failure of prevention, early detection is vitally important in controlling new incursions.
To help prevent new invasive animal problems, governments need to put systems in place to ensure that ‘high risk’ species – those that could readily establish and become pests in the wild – are not imported into Australia. Click on the “Risk Assessments” link to the right to find information and guidelines on current risk assessment systems.
- Policies, legislation, agencies and programs
This page contains links to many relevant policies, strategies and guidelines at state, national and international levels.
Use this page to link to risk assessment and distribution models and case studies, eg Savannah cat import ban.
- Detection & Eradication
Links to predictive and interactive mapping resources, information on detection techniques and case studies from both Australian and overseas.
- Risk assessment
Contains information and links on risk assessment policies and models, and pest animal alerts
- National Incursion Response Plan for Terrestrial Snakes - This Plan should be used by Incursion Response Specialists and professional snake handlers only. This plan provides basic information and procedures that can be used to respond to terrestrial snake incursions […]
- Snake black market poses risk to humans and wildlife - The illegal reptile trade in Australia, including venomous snakes, could put our wildlife, the environment and human lives at risk, a new study has found. University of Adelaide researchers, supported […]
- Stowaway frogs being stopped by border security - An analysis of stowaway frogs coming into Australia has shown that strict biosecurity measures at borders and within the country are reducing the risk of introduction of new diseases by […]
- Last known red-eared slider in Western Australia captured - A small army of volunteers and the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA recently captured the last known red-eared slider turtle in Western Australia
- Snakes enter Australia through postal system - Biosecurity inspectors recently foiled an attempt to smuggle snakes into Australia through the postal system in concealed in plywood boxes
- Are climbing perch a major incursion threat for Australia? - June 2015 Imagine a fish that can live up to six days out of water, crawl across dry land, and choke any animal that tries to eat it. No need […]
- Illegal pet trade increases Boa constrictor incursion risk - Large female red-tailed boa constrictor found inside a disused shed south of Melbourne
- Boa constrictor released in Queensland - Efforts are still underway to locate and capture a two metre South American boa constrictor caught and inadvertently released in nearby bushland
- Detecting and preventing new incursions of exotic animals in Australia
- Management of freshwater fish incursions: a review
Michelle Christy is the National Incursions Response Facilitator. Michelle’s role is to support actions and provide advice for invasive vertebrate pest incursion prevention and response planning.
Michelle is based in Perth, WA and can be contacted at:
Invasive Species Science, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
3 Baron-Hay Crt | South Perth WA 6151
Phone: +61 (0) 8 9363 4060 Email: Michelle.Christy@agric.wa.gov.au
Last updated: January 4, 2017