Recognised Biosecurity Groups

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Landholders that have growing concerns about declared weeds and feral animals in their community can form Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act). These groups are funded by a Declared Pest Rate which is matched each year by the State Government, to double the funds available for use. 

Submissions on proposed Declared Pest Rates for 2020/21 open now

The consultation period for proposed Declared Pest Rates (DPR) opened on 29 May 2020. Landholders in the Carnarvon, Central Wheatbelt, Pilbara, Midlands and Northern (former Greenough shire) Biosecurity Group areas have received letters advising of the consultation period.

Submissions are invited on the DPR under Section 130 of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act). DPR will be collected by the State Government and transferred to Recognised Biosecurity Groups for declared pest control in their area, with funding from the DPR matched by the State Government.

Funds collected will help deliver activities to assist landholders to manage declared pests on their properties, and to ensure a coordinated effort. It is a requirement under the BAM Act for landholders to manage pests on their own land.
The opportunity to provide comment on the proposed rates will be open until 4pm Monday 29 June 2020.

To send a submission, write to:

Declared Pest Rate
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
PO Box 1231 BUNBURY WA 6231

Email, or phone: 1300 374 731


Empowering communities to deal with local priority pests

RBGs are community based groups formally recognised under the BAM Act. They each operate within a prescribed area. As of March 2020 there are 14 RBGs in Western Australia, with their combined areas covering most of the State. 

Recognised Biosecurity Group action areas

RBGs help landholders, both public and private, to control declared pests. They build awareness, deliver training and information, hire out equipment, provide  on-ground resources and other materials needed for pest management.

RBGs organise coordinated activities such as community baiting days and fox shoots, and build partnerships with other RBGs, industry and agencies to control pests that require large-scale regional efforts, such as wild dogs and feral pigs.

Landholders not receiving a direct benefit from their RBG’s activities can still reap the rewards from having community-wide projects. Feral animals pose a significant threat to our native species, and weeds have the potential to invade your town’s landscapes if left uncontrolled.

RBG committees are managed by local volunteers and regional representatives, who care about your community. They help landholders fulfil their legal obligation under the BAM Act to control declared pests on their properties, and to minimise the costly impacts of declared pests in their communities. But this does not happen overnight. RBGs can implement the long term strategic approaches needed to get everyone informed and involved - both private and public landholders.

Under the BAM Act, formal recognition of RBGs enables a Declared Pest Rate to be raised within their area, which enables them to attract matched funding from the State Government. These funds provide RBGs the security to operate over the long term. 

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Find your local RBG. Learn more about their activities and how you can be involved!

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