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.

You can search scientific name, common name, phylum, class, order or family name.

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  • Acomys cahirinus 
    Family: Muridae

    Common name: Cairo Spiny Mouse.
  • Callosciurus caniceps 
    Family: Sciuridae

    Common name: Gray-bellied Squirrel.
  • Callosciurus erythraeus 
    Family: Sciuridae

    Common name: Pallas's Squirrel.
  • Callosciurus notatus 
    Family: Sciuridae

    Common name: Plantain Squirrel.
  • Castor canadensis 
    Family: Castoridae

    Common names: Beaver, American Beaver.
  • Cavia porcellus (domestic) 
    Family: Caviidae

    Common names: Guinea Pig, Domestic Guinea Pig.
  • Conilurus penicillatus 
    Family: Muridae

    Common name: Brush-tailed Tree-rat.
  • Cricetus Cricetus 
    Family: Muridae

    Common names: Common Hamster, Black-bellied Hamster.
  • Dasyprocta azarae 
    Family: Agoutidae

    Common name: Azara's Agouti.
  • Dasyprocta leporina 
    Family: Agoutidae

    Common name: Brazilian Agouti.
  • Dolichotis patagonum 
    Family: Caviidae

    Common name: Patagonian Cavy.
  • Funambulus pennantii 
    Family: Sciuridae

    Common name: Northern Palm Squirrel.
  • Hydrochaeris Hydrochaeris 
    Family: Hydrochaeridae

    Common name: Capybara.
  • Hydromys chrysogaster 
    Family: Muridae

    Common name: Water-rat.
  • Hystrix africaeaustralis 
    Family: Hystricidae

    Common name: Cape Porcupine.
  • Hystrix cristata 
    Family: Hystricidae

    Common names: North African Crested Porcupine, Crested Porcupine.
  • Hystrix indica 
    Family: Hystricidae

    Common name: Indian Crested Porcupine.
  • Leggadina forresti 
    Family: Muridae

    Common name: Forrest's Mouse.
  • Leggadina lakedownensis 
    Family: Muridae

    Common name: Short-tailed Mouse.
  • Leporillus apicalis 
    Family: Muridae

    Common name: Lesser Stick-nest Rat.

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The taxonomy ranking of the organism.

Local government area's

LGA names and boundaries as defined by Landgate (recent to Feb 2014).

Control categories

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Whether the organism is currently found in Western Australia.

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.