Widespread and established declared pests such as wild dogs, foxes, rabbits, cotton bush, blackberry and mesquite can have serious impacts on agriculture, the environment, and human health and safety if not managed.
Under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) the State raises a Declared Pest Rate (DPR) from landholders in specific areas, and matches the funds raised from the rate dollar-for-dollar.
The combined funds are made available to Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs), who provide support to landholders to manage widespread and established declared pests. Under the BAM Act landholders are responsible for controlling declared pests on their own land.
RBGs provide landholders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to carry out pest management by carrying out awareness and education initiatives, and coordinating and undertaking pest management activities across land tenures.