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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  • Achroia grisella (Fabricius, 1794) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Achroia obscurevittella Ragonot 1901, Acroia major Dufrane, 1930, Bombyx cinereola Hübner, 1802, Galleria aluearia Fabricius, 1798, Galleria alvea Haworth, 1811, Meliphora alvearia Stephens, 1829, Meliphora alveariella Guenée, 1845, Tinea anticella Walker, 1863, Tinea grisella Fabricius, 1794. Common name: lesser wax moth.
  • Aethina tumida Murray, 1867 
    Family: Nitidulidae

    Common name: small hive beetle.
  • Chortoicetes terminifera (Walker, 1870) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Calataria coerulescens Sjöstedt, 1931, Calataria rubripes Sjöstedt, 1921, Chortoicetes affinis Rehn, 1907, Chortoicetes yorketownensis Brancsik, 1896, Epacromia terminifera Walker, 1870. Common name: Australian plague locust.
  • Cornu apertus (Born, 1778) 
    Family: Helicidae

    Synonyms: Cantareus apertus (Born, 1780), Helix aperta Born, 1780. Common name: Green snail.
  • Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar, 1824) 
    Family: Curculionidae

    Synonyms: Calandra sordida Germar, 1824, Sphenophorus cribricollis Walker, 1859, Sphenophorus striatus Schoenherr, 1845. Common name: Banana weevil borer.
  • Cryptolestes ferrugineus (Stephens, 1831) 
    Family: Laemophloeidae

    Synonyms: Cucujus ferrugineus Stephens, 1831, Cucujus testaceus von Paykull, 1799. Common names: rusty grain beetle, rust-red grain beetle, Stored products pest, Flat grain beetle.
  • Cryptolestes pusillus (Schönherr, 1817) 
    Family: Laemophloeidae

    Synonyms: Cucujus minutus Olivier, 1791, Cucujus pusillus Schönherr, 1817. Common names: Stored products pest, Flat grain beetle.
  • Ephestia elutella (Hubner, 1796) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Ephestia amarella Dyar, 1904, Ephestia elutella uniformata Dufrane, 1942, Ephestia icosiella Ragonot, 1888, Ephestia infumatella Ragonot, 1887, Ephestia roxburghi Spuler, 1913, Ephestia roxburghii Gregson, 1873, Ephestia roxburgii Staudinger & Rebel, 1901, Homoeosoma affusella Ragonot, 1888,.... Common names: tobacco moth, Stored products pest.
  • Ephestia kuehniella Zeller, 1897 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Ephestia fuscofasciella Ragonot, 1887, Ephestia gitonella Druce, 1896, Ephestia kuehniella alba Roesler, 1965, Ephestia kuehniella nigra Roesler, 1965, Homoeosoma ischnomorpha Meyrick, 1931. Common names: mediterranean flour moth, Stored products pest.
  • Galleria mellonella (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Galleria austrina Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875, Galleria cerea Haworth, 1811, Galleria cerealis Hübner, 1825, Galleria mellonella crombruggheela Dufrane, 1930, Phalaena (Tinea) mellonella Linnaeus, 1758, Phalaena cereana Blom, 1764, Tinea cerella Fabricius, 1775, Vindana obliquella Walker, 1866. Common name: larger wax moth.
  • Hemidactylus frenatus 
    Family: Gekkonidae

    Common names: Common House Gecko, Bridled House Gecko.
  • Hylotrupes bajulus (Linné, 1758) 
    Family: Cerambycidae

    Synonyms: Callidium affinis Savenius, 1825, Callidium baiulus Fabricius, 1781, Callidium bajulus Brullé, 1832, Callidium bajulus Brullé, 1839, Callidium bajulus Castelnau, 1840, Callidium bajulus Fabricius, 1775, Callidium bajulus Fabricius, 1793, Callidium bajulus Fabricius, 1801, Callidium bajulus.... Common names: European house borer, EHB.
  • Oryctolagus cuniculus (feral) 
    Family: Leporidae

    Common names: Wild rabbit with wild-type brown colouring, not domestic or fancy breeds or commercial breed., European Rabbit.
  • Oryzaephilus surinamensis (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Silvanidae

    Synonym: Dermestes surinamensis Linnaeus, 1758. Common names: Stored products pest, Sawtoothed grain beetle.
  • Plodia interpunctella (Hübner, 1813) 
    Family: Pyralidae

    Synonyms: Ephestia glycinivora Matsumura, 1917, Ephestia glycinivorella Matsumura, 1932, Plodia interpunctella castaneella Reutti, 1898, Tinea interpunctella Hübner, 1813, Tinea zeae Fitch, 1856, Unadilla latercula Hampson, 1901. Common names: Stored products pest, Indian meal moth.
  • Rhyzopertha dominica Fabricius, 1792 
    Family: Bostrichidae

    Synonyms: Ptinus fissicornis Marsham, 1802, Ptinus piceus Marsham, 1802, Rhyzopertha exiguous Walker, 1859, Rhyzopertha frumentaria Nordlinger, 1855, Rhyzopertha moderata Walker, 1859, Rhyzopertha pusilla Fabricius, 1798, Rhyzopertha rufa Hope, 1845. Common names: stored grain borer, small grain eater, Stored products pest, Lesser grain borer, Australian wheat weevil, American wheat weevil.
  • Sitophilus granarius (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Curculionidae

    Synonyms: Calandra laevicosta Philippi & Philippi, 1864, Curculio contractus Geoffroy, 1785, Curculio granarius Linnaeus, 1758, Curculio pulicarius Panzer, 1798, Curculio segetis Linnaeus, 1758, Curculio unicolor Marsham, 1802, Sitophilus remotepunctatus Gyllenhal, 1838. Common names: Stored products pest, Granary weevil.
  • Sitophilus oryzae (Linnaeus, 1763) 
    Family: Curculionidae

    Synonyms: Calandra oryzae minor Sasaki, 1899, Calandra sasakii Takahashi, 1928, Curculio frugilegus De Geer, 1775, Curculio funebris Rey, 1895, Curculio granarius Ström, 1783, Curculio orysa Linnaeus, 1763, Curculio oryzae Fabricius, 1801, Curculio oryzae Linnaeus, 1763, Sphenophorus quadriguttatus.... Common names: Stored products pest, Rice weevil.
  • Sitotroga cerealella (Olivier, 1789) 
    Family: Gelechiidae

    Synonyms: Alucita cerealella Olivier, 1789, Aristotelia ochrescens Meyrick, 1938, Epithectis palearis Meyrick, 1913, Gelechia arctella Walker, 1864, Gelechia melanarthra Lower,1900, Syngenomictis aenictopa Meyrick, 1927, Tinea hordei Kirby & Spence, 1815. Common names: rice moth, rice grain moth, grain moth, angoumois grain moth, Stored products pest.
  • Sus scrofa (feral) 
    Family: Suidae

    Common names: Wild boar, Feral pig.

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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.