Western Australian Organism List

The Western Australian Organism List (WAOL) database allows you to search for organisms declared under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act). It is not a complete list of all organisms in Western Australia or their attributes. Use the database to find the legal status of organisms, control requirements, declared pest species and more.

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  • Amazona autumnalis 
    Family: Psittacidae

    Common name: Red-lored Amazon.
  • Amazona barbadensis 
    Family: Psittacidae

    Common name: Yellow-shouldered Amazon.
  • Amazona finschi 
    Family: Psittacidae

    Common name: Lilac-crowned Amazon.
  • Amazona leucocephala 
    Family: Psittacidae

    Common names: Cuban Parrot, Cuban Amazon.
  • Amazona ochrocephala 
    Family: Psittacidae

    Common names: Yellow-naped Amazon, Yellow-headed Amazon, Yellow-fronted Amazon, Yellow-crowned Amazon.
  • Amazona pretrei 
    Family: Psittacidae

    Common name: Red-spectacled Amazon.
  • Amazona viridigenalis 
    Family: Psittacidae

    Common names: Red-crowned Amazon, Green-cheeked Amazon.
  • Amazona xanthops 
    Family: Psittacidae

    Common name: Yellow-faced Parrot.
  • Ambeodontus tristis (Fabricius, 1775) 
    Family: Cerambycidae

    Synonyms: Ambeodontus tristis Barriga & Cepeda, 2007, Marileus chiloensis Aurivillius, 1912, Marileus chiloensis Blackwelder, 1946, Marileus chiloensis Germain, 1898, Marileus chiloensis Martins, 1998, Marileus chiloensis Monné & Giesbert, 1994, Marileus chiloensis Monné, 1994, Saperda tristis.... Common name: two-toothed longicorn.
  • Amblycerus vitis (Schaeffer, 1907) 
    Family: Chrysomelidae

    Common name: Arizona grape bruchid.
  • Amblypelta bilineata Stål, 1873 
    Family: Coreidae

    Synonym: Amblypelta typica (Distant, 1920). Common name: spotting bug.
  • Amblypelta cocophaga China, 1934 
    Family: Coreidae

  • Amblypelta nitida Stål, 1873 
    Family: Coreidae

    Common name: Fruit spotting bug.
  • Ambrosia confertiflora DC. 
    Family: Asteraceae

    Common name: burr ragweed.
  • Ambrosia grayi (A. Nels.) Shinners 
    Family: Asteraceae

    Common names: woolyleaf bursage, woollyleaf burr ragweed.
  • Ambrosia tenuifolia Spreng. 
    Family: Asteraceae

    Common name: lacy ragweed.
  • Ambrosiodmus apicalis Wood & Bright, 1992 
    Family: Curculionidae

    Common name: Apple ambrosia beetle.
  • Ambrosiodmus compressus (Lea, 1893) 
    Family: Curculionidae

    Synonym: Xylopertha compressa Lea, 1894. Common name: Pin hole borer.
  • Ambrosiodmus rubricollis Wood & Bright, 1992 
    Family: Curculionidae

    Synonym: Ambrosiodmus rubricollis (Eichhoff, 1875). Common name: Bark beetle.
  • Ametastegia (Ametastegia) glabrata (Fallen, 1808) 
    Family: Tenthredinidae

    Synonym: Tenthredo glabrata Fallen, 1808. Common name: Holoartic sawfly.

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BAM Act Definitions

Legal status

Each listed organism is declared under the Biosecurity Management act with certain legal requirements:

Declared Pest, Prohibited - s12

Prohibited organisms are declared pests by virtue of section 22(1), and may only be imported and kept subject to permits. Permit conditions applicable to some species may only be appropriate or available to research organisations or similarly secure institutions.

Permitted - s11

Permitted organisms must satisfy any applicable import requirements when imported. They may be subject to an import permit if they are potential carriers of high-risk organisms.

Declared Pest - s22(2)

Declared pests must satisfy any applicable import requirements when imported, and may be subject to an import permit if they are potential carriers of high-risk organisms. They may also be subject to control and keeping requirements once within Western Australia.

Permitted, Requires Permit - r73

Regulation 73 permitted organisms may only be imported subject to an import permit. These organisms may be subject to restriction under legislation other than the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007. Permit conditions applicable to some species may only be appropriate or available to research organisations or similarly secure institutions.

Unlisted - s14

If you are considering importing an unlisted organism/s you will need to submit the name/s for assessment, as unlisted organisms are automatically prohibited entry into WA.

Control categories

Declared pests can be assigned to a C1, C2 or C3 control category under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013. Prohibited organisms can be assigned to a C1 or C2 control category, the control categories are:

C1 Exclusion

Organisms which should be excluded from part or all of Western Australia.

C2 Eradication

Organisms which should be eradicated from part or all of Western Australia.

C3 Management

Organisms that should have some form of management applied that will alleviate the harmful impact of the organism, reduce the numbers or distribution of the organism or prevent or contain the spread of the organism.


Unassigned: Declared pests that are recognised as having a harmful impact under certain circumstances, where their subsequent control requirements are determined by a Plan or other legislative arrangements under the Act.

Keeping categories

The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013 (BAM Regs) specify prohibited and restricted keeping categories for the purposes of regulating organisms declared under the BAM Act. In regards to the purposes for which they can be kept, and the entities that can keep them for that purpose. A keeping permit is the administrative tool used to assign specific conditions to the keeping of an organism.

Prohibited keeping

Can only be kept under a permit for public display and education purposes, and/or genuine scientific research, by entities approved by the state authority.

Restricted keeping

Organisms which, relative to other species, have a low risk of becoming a problem for the environment, primary industry or public safety and can be kept under a permit by private individuals.

Exempt keeping

No permit or conditions are required for keeping. There may be other requirements under BAMA such as those required for entry of livestock, pigeons and doves, or waybill requirements for stock movement. An organism in the exempt keeping category may also be regulated by other legislation such as the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (WCA), administered by DPaW.

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If the species you are interested in is not listed on WAOL you may request to have it assessed. Please contact the Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) on (08) 9368 3080 or email padis@dpird.wa.gov.au, and they will transfer you to the relevant person.