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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  • Acyphas semiochrea (Herrich-Schaffer, 1855) 
    Family: Lymantriidae

    Synonyms: Euproctis leucomelas Walker & Westwood, 1855, Leucoma alboanalis Strand, 1914, Orgyia diemenii Herrich-Schäffer, 1858, Porthesia anacausta Meyrick, 1891, Porthesia hololeuca Meyrick, 1891, Porthesia semiochrea Herrich-Schäffer, 1855. Common name: Omnivorous tussock moth.
  • Acyrthosiphon (Acyrthosiphon) kondoi Shinji, 1938 
    Family: Aphidoidea: Aphididae

    Synonym: Acyrthosiphon kondoi Shinji, 1938. Common names: bluegreen aphid, Blue-green Aphid.
  • Acyrthosiphon (Acyrthosiphon) malvae (Mosley, 1841) 
    Family: Aphidoidea: Aphididae

    Synonyms: Aphis malvae Mosley, 1841, Aphis pelargonii Kaltenbach, 1843. Common name: Pelargonium aphid.
  • Acyrthosiphon (Acyrthosiphon) pisum (Harris, 1776) 
    Family: Aphidoidea: Aphididae

    Synonyms: Aphis pisum Harris, 1776, Siphonophora spartii Koch, 1855. Common names: pea louse, pea aphis, green pea louse, destructive pea louse, Pea aphid.
  • Adalia bipunctata (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Synonym: Coccinella bipunctata Linnaeus, 1758. Common name: Two spotted ladybird.
  • Adelium brevicorne Blessig, 1861 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonym: Adelium neophyta Pascoe, 1869. Common names: false wireworm, Bronzed field beetle.
  • Adisura marginalis (Walker, 1858) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Adisura dulcis Moore, 1881, Adisura purgata Warren, 1913, Adisura similis Moore, 1881, Anthophila marginalis Walker, 1858, Heliothis delicia Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874. Common name: new pod borer.
  • Adoryphorus coulonii (Burmeister, 1847) 
    Family: Scarabaeidae

    Synonym: Dasygnathus coulonii Burmeister, 1847. Common name: Redheaded Pasture Cockchafer.
  • Aenetus ligniveren (Lewin, 1805) 
    Family: Hepialidae

    Synonyms: Hepialus ligniveren Lewin, 1805, Phloiopsyche venusta Scott, 1864.
  • Aethina (Idaethina) deceptor (Blackburn, 1891) 
    Family: Nitidulidae

    Synonym: Macroura deceptor Blackburn, 1891. Common name: Fruit beetle.
  • Agathodes ostentalis (Geyer, 1837) 
    Family: Crambidae

    Synonym: Perinephela ostentalis Geyer, 1837. Common name: Coral tree leaf skeletonizer.
  • Ageniaspis citricola Logvinovskaya, 1983 
    Family: Encyrtidae

    Common name: citrus leafminer parasite.
  • Agonoscelis rutila (Fabricius, 1775) 
    Family: Pentatomidae

    Synonyms: Cimex elatus Fabricius, 1803, Cimex rutilus Fabricius, 1775, Pentatoma lugubris Montrouzier, 1855, Pentatoma petitii le Guillou, 1841, Pentatoma tetrastigma Herrich-Schaeffer, 1851, Pentatoma wolffi Guérin, 1831, Strachia aspersa Walker, 1867, Strachia tetragona Walker, 1867.
  • Agriocnemis argentea Tillyard, 1906 
    Family: Coenagrionidae

    Common name: silver wisp.
  • Agrius convolvuli (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Sphingidae

    Synonyms: Agrius convolvuli fuscosignata Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli grisea Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli intermedia Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli major Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli minor Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli obscura Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli suffusa Tutt, 1904, Agrius convolvuli unicolor.... Common name: convolvulus hawkmoth.
  • Agrotis emboloma (Lower, 1918) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agrotis cygnea Common, 1958, Ariathisa emboloma Lower, 1918.
  • Agrotis infusa (Boisduval, 1832) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agrotis cordata Walker, 1857, Agrotis spina Guenee, 1852, Agrotis vastator Scott, 1869, Mamestra nitida Walker, 1865, Mamestra tenebrosa Walker, 1865, Noctua infusa Boisduval, 1832. Common names: common cutworm, bogong moth.
  • Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel, 1766) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agrotis aureolum Schaus, 1898, Agrotis bipars Walker, 1857, Agrotis frivola Wallergren, 1860, Agrotis pepoli Bertolini, 1874, Agrotis telifera Harris, 1841, Bombyx spinula Esper, 1786, Noctua suffusa Denis & SchifferMüller, 1775, Nocuta aneituma Walker, 1865, Phalaena (Bombyx) idonea Cramer,.... Common name: Black cutworm.
  • Agrotis munda Walker, 1857 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Agrotis injuncta Walker, 165, Agrotis scapularis Felder & Rogenhofer, 1874, Agrotis turbelenta Walker, 1865, Mamestra basinotata Walker, 1858. Common name: brown cutworm.
  • Agrotis poliophaea Turner, 1926 
    Family: Noctuidae

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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.