Invasive species

Many exotic animals and plants become invasive species if they manage to establish populations in new areas. The ways in which these pests are introduced vary widely, but they are often the result of accidental or deliberate human activities.

Whatever their means of arrival, invasive species can have an adverse and often very damaging impact on agriculture, the natural environment and our lifestyle.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia's (DAFWA) Invasive Species Program provides leadership for strategic and operational management of serious weeds and pest animals that pose a threat to agriculture, related environmental resources, and market accessibility for agricultural produce in Western Australia (WA).

DAFWA's Plant Biosecurity Program provides leadership for strategic and operational management of serious diseases and pests of plants that pose a threat to agriculture and market accessibility for agricultural produce in WA.

Articles

  • 14 October 2016

    Big improvements in wild dog management and agricultural pest animal control have resulted from Royalties for Regions funds allocated in 2010 and 2011.

  • 20 October 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) proposes to extend the State Barrier Fence eastwards from its current termination point near Ravensthorpe, extending north around S

  • 8 March 2016

    A grower suvey and benefit cost analysis on the State Barrier Fence has demonstrated the positive impact the fence is having on wild dog management.

  • 16 January 2017

    This article describes the main distinguishing features between Australian plague locusts (Chortoicetes terminifera) and other common grasshoppers/locusts.

  • 22 August 2016

    This web page is part of the Bait and poison directory for vertebrate pests in Western Australia.

  • 27 May 2016

    WeedWatcher has been retired and replaced by MyWeedWatcher. Use MyWeedWatcher to record community surveillance of weeds.

  • 8 August 2014

    Some aquatic plants used in ponds and aquariums are highly invasive and have become serious weeds in natural waterways.

  • 7 April 2016

    European house borer (EHB) Hylotrupes bajulus is a destructive pest of seasoned coniferous timber including pine, fir and spruce.

  • 30 November 2016

    Report of the achievements, performance and budget details of the 2015-2016 skeleton weed program.

  • 7 December 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has commenced a three and a half-year project to strengthen the State’s biosecurity defences and underpin efforts by industry to ca

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