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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  • Athetis maculatra (Lower, 1902) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonym: Caradrina maculatra Lower, 1902.
  • Athetis reclusa (Walker, 1862) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Amphipyra agrotoides Snellen, 1880, Caradrina insignifica Bethune-Baker, 1906, Elydna sparna Wileman & West, 1929, Prodenia reclusa Walker, 1862.
  • Athetis striolata (Butler, 1886) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Caradrina acallis Turner, 1903, Caradrina striolata Butler, 1886.
  • Athetis tenuis (Butler, 1886) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonym: Radingoes tenuis Butler, 1886.
  • Atractocerus crassicornis Clark, 1931 
    Family: Lymexylidae

    Common name: pinhole borer.
  • Atractocerus kreuslerae Pascoe, 1864 
    Family: Lymexylidae

    Common name: pinhole borer.
  • Atractomorpha similis Bolívar, 1884 
    Family: Pyrgomorphidae

    Synonym: Atractomorpha australiana Bolívar, 1905. Common names: Northern grass pyrgomorph, Common grass pyrgomorph.
  • Atrichonotus minimus Blanchard, 1851 
    Family: Curculionidae

    Synonyms: Artipus texanus Pierce, 1911, Atrichonotus taeniatulus (Berg, 1881), Naupactus taeniatulus Berg, 1881, Pantomorus (Atrichonotus) taeniatulus (Berg, 1881), Pantomorus pictipennis Hustache, 1947. Common name: Small lucerne weevil.
  • Attagenus (Attagenus) fasciatus (Thunberg, 1795) 
    Family: Dermestidae

    Synonyms: Anthrenus fasciatus Thunberg, 1795, Anthrenus gloriosae Fabricius, 1798, Attagenus annulatus Dejean, 1821, Attagenus annulifer Laporte 1840, Attagenus cinnamomeus Roth, 1851, Attagenus gossypiatus Fauvel, 1903, Attagenus plebeius Blackburn & Sharp, 1885, Attagenus unifasciatus Fairmaire &.... Common name: Tobacco seed beetle.
  • Aulacaspis madiunensis (Zehntner, 1898) 
    Family: Diaspididae

    Synonym: Chionaspis madiunensis Zehntner, 1898.
  • Aulacaspis rosae (Bouché, 1833) 
    Family: Diaspididae

    Synonym: Aspidiotus rosae Bouché, 1833. Common name: Rose scale.
  • Aulacaspis tubercularis Newstead, 1906 
    Family: Diaspididae

    Synonyms: Aulacaspis (Diaspis) tubercularis Newstead, 1906, Aulacaspis cinnamomi Newstead, 1908, Diaspis (Aulacaspis) cinnamomi mangiferae Newstead, 1911. Common name: Mango scale.
  • Aulacophora abdominalis (Fabricius, 1781) 
    Family: Chrysomelidae

    Synonyms: Aulacophora palmerstoni Blackburn, 1889, Aulacophora similis Maulik, 1929, Crioceris abdominalis Fabricius, 1781, Crioceris testacea Fabricius, 1787, Galeruca flava Olivier, 1791, Galleruca punctata Boisduval, 1835, Galleruca relicta Boisduval, 1835, Raphidiopalpa imberbis Weise, 1916. Common names: Plain pumpkin beetle, Northern pumpkin beetle.
  • Aulacophora hilaris (Boisduval, 1835) 
    Family: Chrysomelidae

    Synonyms: Aulacophora richmondensis Blackburn, 1890, Galleruca hilaris Boisduval, 1835. Common names: spotted pumpkin beetle, pumpkin flea beetle, Pumpkin beetle.
  • Aulacorthum (Aulacorthum) solani (Kaltenbach, 1843) 
    Family: Aphidoidea: Aphididae

    Synonym: Aphis solani Kaltenbach, 1843. Common names: potato aphid, green potato aphid, dock aphid, Glasshouse potato aphid, Foxglove aphid.
  • Aulacosternum nigrorubrum Dallas, 1852 
    Family: Coreidae

    Common names: falsetainer, Cotton plant bug.
  • Ausejanus albisignatus (Knight, 1938) 
    Family: Miridae

    Synonyms: Idiatella albisignatus Knight, 1938, Sejanus albisignatus (Knight, 1938), Sejanus intermedius Carvalho & Gross, 1982. Common name: Mirid bug.
  • Austracris basalis (Walker, 1870) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Cyrtacanthacris basalis Walker, 170, Cyrtacanthacris plagiata Walker, 1870. Common name: Spotted spur-throated locust.
  • Austracris guttulosa (Walker, 1870) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Acridium cuspidata Finot, 1907, Cyrtacanthacris exacta Walker, 1870, Cyrtacanthacris guttulosa Walker, 1870, Cyrtacanthacris illepida Walker, 1870, Nomadacris guttulosa. Common names: sand grasshopper, Spur-throated locust.
  • Australaphodius frenchi (Blackburn, 1892) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonyms: Aphodius (Australaphodius) melbournicus Balthasar, 1942, Aphodius ambiguus Boheman, 1858, Aphodius frenchi Blackburn, 1892. Common name: Little pasture cockchafer.

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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.