Pest animals

Many non-native or introduced vertebrate animals have become established as unmanaged or feral populations across Australia. These animals have become pests locally or over wider areas. The reasons why they are pests include:

  • preying on domestic or farm animals
  • damaging crops and food production
  • posing a threat to native animals and ecosystems
  • being a nuisance and health hazard to people.

Some commonly kept animals have the potential to become pests if they are not managed or kept under licence or conditions. Some native animals are also potential pests in certain situations.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development manages pests in Western Australia through policy development, risk assessment, research and development, provision of technical advice and information, implementation of regulation, emergency response, property inspections, industry liaison, and the planning and coordination of significant species control/eradication programs.

For advice on pest animals search our website or contact our Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS).

Articles

  • This article contains the booklet '1080 landholder information' and provides a general summary of a landholder’s obligations under the code of practice for the saf

  • Information is provided on the requirements for importing and keeping regulated animals in Western Australia.

  • This article provides information about Rainbow Lorikeets (

  • This animal pest alert provides information on the identification, biology, and pest potential of the Barbary dove in Australia.

  • This animal pest alert provides information on the identification, biology, and pest potential of the common myna in Australia.

  • This article provides information on using fumigation for rabbit control.

  • Landholders planning to grow broadacre, horticulture or tree crops or to preserve native vegetation need to control rabbits first. This article provides information about options for rabbit control

  • The Transforming Regional Biosecurity Response forums held in October 2016 brought together community, industry and government to develop a collaborative approach to 

  • Biosecurity alert: 

  • White heads that are either scattered or in patches in spring

    Mice are seasonal pests that can affect any crop. Usually they favour paddocks with high stubble retention.

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