The vision for the Australian Pest Animal Strategy (the Strategy) is that: Australia’s biodiversity, agricultural assets and social values are secure from the impacts of vertebrate pest animals.
The focus of the Strategy is to address the undesirable impacts caused by exotic vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish) that have become pests in Australia, and to prevent the establishment of new exotic vertebrate pests.
In Australia, pest animals have major economic, environmental and social impacts. Many pest animals cause significant damage to crops and seriously affect Australia’s livestock industries by preying on stock and competing for pasture. Pest animals also cause severe land degradation by promoting soil erosion, stream turbidity and the spread of weeds. Competition, habitat destruction and predation by pest animals threaten the survival of many of Australia’s native plants and animals.
Australian private and public landowners and users spend considerable time and money addressing the impacts of pest animals. For example, it has been estimated that eleven of Australia’s major pest animals (wild populations of foxes, pigs, rabbits, mice, goats, carp, dogs, cane toads, camels, cats and horses) have negative impacts in Australia valued at over $720 million per annum (McLeod 2004).
The Strategy is guided by the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity. The Strategy is also guided by a range of national strategies and action plans, including both the Australian Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and threat abatements plans under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity came into effect in January 2012. It is an agreement between the Australian and state and territory governments (except Tasmania) and aims to improve shared management of risks posed by pests and diseases entering, emerging, establishing or spreading in Australia.
Evaluation of the Australian Pest Animal Strategy
In 2013 an independent evaluation of the strategy was completed. A copy of the final report of the evaluation can be found here.
Revision of the Australian Pest Animal Strategy
Following the 2013 evaluation of the 2007 Australian Pest Animal Strategy, the Invasive Plants and Animals Committee is revising and updating the strategy, aiming to release a new pests strategy in 2016. Stakeholder consultation is an integral part of the revision process.
|Author||Invasive Plants and Animals Committee|
|Institution||Agriculture Ministers’ Forum|
|Department||Department of the Environment|
|Region||Australia - national|