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.
  • Alternanthera philoxeroides (Mart.) Griseb. 
    Family: Amaranthaceae

    Common name: alligator weed.
  • Andropogon gayanus Kunth 
    Family: Poaceae

    Common names: gamba grass, bluestem, Rhodesian blue grass, Rhodesian andropogon.
  • Armillaria mellea (Vahl) P. Kumm. 1871 
    Family: Marasmiaceae

    Synonyms: Agaricus melleus, Armillariella mellea, Clitocybe mellea, Lepiota mellea. Common name: armillaria root rot.
  • australian bat Lyssavirus 
    Family: Rhabdoviridae

    Common name: Australian bat lyssavirus.
  • avian influenza virus (low pathogenic) 
    Family: Orthomyxoviridae

    Common name: Avian influenza (low pathogenic).
  • Bactericera cockerelli Šulc, 1909 
    Family: Triozidae

    Synonym: Psylla cockerelli Šulc, 1909. Common name: Tomato-potato psyllid.
  • Bemisia tabaci Middle East-Asia Minor 1 (MEAM1) 
    Family: Aleyrodoidea: Aleyrodidae

    Synonyms: Bemisia argentifolii, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius, 1889) B biotype. Common name: Silverleaf whitefly.
  • bluetongue virus 
    Family: Reoviridae

    Common name: Bluetongue virus.
  • bovine leukaemia virus 
    Family: Retroviridae

    Common names: enzootic bovine leukosis, bovine leukamia virus, Enzootic bovine leucosis, EBL.
  • Brontispa longissima (Gestro, 1885) 
    Family: Chrysomelidae

    Synonyms: Bronthispa javana Weise, 1922, Bronthispa reicherti Uhmann, 1929, Bronthispa selebensis Gestro, 1923, Brontispa froggatti Sharp, 1904, Brontispa simmondsi Maulik, 1927, Oxycephala longipennis Gestro, 1892, Oxycephala longissima Gestro, 1885. Common names: coconut leaf hispid, coconut hispine beetle, Palm leaf beetle, New hebrides coconut hispid.
  • Cabomba caroliniana A. Gray 
    Family: Cabombaceae

    Common names: watershield, green cabomba, fish grass, fanwort, cabomba, Washington grass, Carolina watershield.
  • Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann, 1824) 
    Family: Tephritidae

    Synonyms: Ceratitis citriperda Macleay, 1829, Ceratitis hispanica Breme, 1842, Pardalapsis asparagi Bezzi, 1924, Tephritis capitata Wiedemann, 1824. Common names: medfly, Mediterranean fruit fly.
  • 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.
  • Chrysanthemoides monilifera (L.) Norlindh subsp. monilifera 
    Family: Asteraceae

  • Cordana johnstonii M.B. Ellis 1971

    Common name: cordana leaf spot (banana).
  • 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.


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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.