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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  • Acheta domestica (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Gryllidae

    Synonyms: Acheta domesticus (Linnaeus, 1758), Acheta domesticus Harz 1969, Acheta melanocephalus Zacher 1917, Gryllus domesticus Linnaeus, 1758, Gryllus transversalis Walker, 1871. Common name: Crickets.
  • Acrida conica (Fabricius, 1781) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Acrida cheesmanae Dirsh, 1954, Truxalis conica Fabricius, 1781, Truxalis raflesii Blanchard, 1853, Tryxalis scitula Walker, 1870. Common name: Giant green slant face.
  • Aiolopus thalassinus tamulus (Fabricius, 1781) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Aiolopus tricoloripes Burmeister, 1838, Gryllus tamulus Fabricius, 1781.
  • Alectoria superba Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1879 
    Family: Tettigoniidae

    Synonym: Hectoria pontoni Tepper, 1892. Common names: superb katydid, crested katydid.
  • Aritella leengila Otte & Alexander, 1983 
    Family: Gryllidae

    Common name: red head cricket.
  • Atractomorpha crenulata (Fabricius, 1793) 
    Family: Pyrgomorphidae

    Common names: Tobacco grasshopper, Locust.
  • Atractomorpha lata (Motschulsky, 1866) 
    Family: Pyrgomorphidae

    Synonyms: Atractomorpha bedeli Bolivar, 1884, Atractomorpha brevicornis heteroptera Bei-Bienko, 1951, Atractomorpha diminuta (Walker, 1871), Atractomorpha heteroptera Bei-Bienko, 1951, Minorissa alata Thomas, 1874, Perena concolor Walker, 1870, Truxalis lata Mochulsky, 1866, Tryxalis diminuta Walker, 1871. Common name: Smaller longheaded Locust.
  • Atractomorpha similis Bolívar, 1884 
    Family: Pyrgomorphidae

    Synonym: Atractomorpha australiana Bolívar, 1905. Common names: Northern grass pyrgomorph, Common grass pyrgomorph.
  • Aularches miliaris (Linnaeus 1758) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonym: Gryllus (Locusta) miliaris Linnaeus, 1758. Common name: spotted grasshopper.
  • 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.
  • Austroicetes cruciata (de Saussure, 1888) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Chortoicetes jungi Brancsik, 1898, Dittopternis cruciata de Saussure, 1888. Common name: Small plague grasshopper.
  • Austroicetes frater (Brancsik, 1898) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Chortoicetes concolor Sjöstedt, 1936, Chortoicetes finitima Sjöstedt, 1936, Chortoicetes frater Brancsik, 1898, Chortoicetes montana Sjöstedt, 1934, Chortoicetes tonnoiri Sjöstedt, 1936, Chortoicetes vittata Sjöstedt, 1936.
  • Austroicetes pusilla (Walker, 1870) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Chortoicetes pusillula Rehn, 1907, Chortoicetes vicina Sjöstedt, 1932, Epacromia pusilla Walker,1870. Common name: Confusing Austriocetes.
  • Austroicetes vulgaris (Sjostedt, 1931) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Chortoicetes corallipes Sjöstedt, 1932, Chortoicetes exigua Sjöstedt, 1936, Chortoicetes jucunda Sjöstedt, 1936, Chortoicetes refescens Sjöstedt, 1932, Chortoicetes vulgaris Sjostedt, 1931.
  • Bermiella acuta (Stål, 1878) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Bermius acuta Stål, 1878, Bermius ampla Sjöstedt, 1920, Macroquilta longipennis Carl, 1916.
  • Caedicia extenuata (Walker, 1869) 
    Family: Tettigoniidae

    Synonym: Phaneroptera extenuata Walker, 1869.
  • Caedicia simplex (Walker, 1869) 
    Family: Tettigoniidae

    Synonyms: Phaneroptera olivacea Wattenwyl, 1878, Phaneroptera simplex Walker, 1869. Common names: Katydid, Inland katydid.
  • Caedicia strenua (Walker, 1869) 
    Family: Tettigoniidae

    Synonym: Phaneroptera strenua Walker, 1869. Common name: Citrus katydid.
  • Chondracris rosea (De Geer, 1773) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Acridium flavicorne (Fabricius, 1787), Acrydium roseum De Geer, 1773, Chondracris rosea brunneri Uvarov, 1924, Cyrtacanthacris lutescens Walker, 1870, Gryllus flavicornis Fabricius, 1787. Common names: cotton locust, citrus locust.


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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.