Western Australian Organism List (WAOL)

Page last updated: Tuesday, 10 October 2017 - 11:31am

The Western Australian Organism List (WAOL) provides the status of organisms which have been categorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act).

Click on ‘search for an organism and its legal status’ on the right of this page to begin your search for organisms and their categorisation under the BAM Act.

You can search either by name or part of a name, or through a number of pre-filters. These filters can also be used to refine search results. You can export customised search results to a number of different formats.

Information provided for each organism includes:

  • Legal status - permitted (section 11), declared pest (section 22(2)), declared pest - prohibited (section 12), permitted requiring a permit (regulation 73, BAM Regulations 2013).
  • Control categories (by list or map) - C1 (exclusion), C2 (eradication), C3 (management), unassigned.
  • Presence in WA - unknown, present, absent
  • Taxonomic Classification - plantae, animalia, fungi, virus, bacteria, chromista, protozoa, viroid, prion
  • Keeping categories (by list or map) - prohibited, exempt, restricted
  • Local government area
  • Authors
  • Links to other information

A legend on the search page provides easy to understand descriptions of all declarations, and control and keeping categories.

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Click on 'check import requirements' on the right of this page to see the import requirements that relate to an organism or a potential carrier.

Organisms not included on the WAOL are termed ‘unlisted’. They are those that have not been declared by the Minister for Agriculture and Food as permitted, prohibited or declared pests, as their biosecurity status is unresolved.

Unlisted organisms may not be imported into WA, except in accordance with a permit. A permit is required so that any risks associated with the organism and its proposed use can be assessed on a case by case basis.

See our quarantine web pages for more information on imports and permits.