Animal pests of agriculture and environment
Non-native and native animals can cause problems for agriculture and the environment and the community. For these reasons they may be declared pests under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) administered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).
The impact of animal pests can be minimised by:
- preventing the entry of new pest species to the State
- removing small populations of pests found here
- minimising the impact of widespread pests
- raising awareness of the management of vertebrate pest animals.
All animals declared under the BAM Act are listed in the Western Australian Organism List (WAOL). This list provides information on how each animal is managed under the Act. Any species not listed on WAOL is prohibited in Western Australia.
Obtaining and keeping declared animals for display or as pets or in aviculture
Which animals can I import and keep?
Information on the import and management of declared animals is available from DPIRD website - Importing and keeping introduced mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in Western Australia and the Western Australian Organism List (WAOL).
Many declared animals will require an import permit to enter WA and a permit or licence to keep the animal. Import application forms can be downloaded from Invasive Species permits, applications and fees. Licenses to keep birds which are Restricted Keeping under the BAM Act are available from Wildlife Licensing at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Any species not listed on WAOL must be assessed by DPIRD and approved before it can be imported and kept in WA.
Please note that due to the number of vertebrate species currently awaiting assessment no further applications will be accepted this current year (2020).
Inspections at state airports and road checkpoints
All animals entering the state are subject to inspection by DPIRD. Quarantine Inspectors check all but a small list of familiar animals to confirm the identity of a species and to ensure that appropriate permits or licences are in place.
Surveillance for animal pests
DPIRD needs the support of community and industry to detect new pest species early to prevent the establishment of invasive pests in WA. To highlight the risks posed by emerging or indicative pest animals information is available for the following species:
- Asian black spined toad: National Resource Material
- Barbary dove: Pest Alert
- Boa constrictor: National Resource Material
- Canada goose: Pest Alert : National Resource Material
- Common myna bird: Pest Alert
- Ferret: Pest Alert
- Green and black poison frog : National Resource Material
- House crow: Pest Alert : National Resource Material
- Indian ringneck parakeet: Pest Alert
- Oriental garden lizard: National Resource Material
- Pacific rat: Pest Alert : National Resource Material
- Red-eared slider turtle: Pest Alert
- Red-whiskered bulbul: Pest Alert
- Rusa deer: Pest Alert
- Savannah cat: National Resource Material
- Striped snakehead: National Resource Material
- Walking catfish: National Resource Material
It is an offence to release unwanted animals into the wild. Unwanted animals should be surrended to a responsible organisation or person and not released into the environment. Every attempt is made to safely re-house animals surrendered to DPIRD and other responsible organisations.