Pests

Animal pests, both vertebrates (backbone) and invertebrates (no backbone), can have an adverse impact on agriculture, the natural environment and even our lifestyle. Animal pests may be exotic animals which are introduced, either accidentally or deliberately. Native animals may also be 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 pests search our website, the Western Australian Organism List or contact our Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS).

For diagnostic services, please contact our Diagnostic Laboratory Services.

Articles

  • 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.

  • Biosecurity alert: 

  • Information on policy and management concerning vertebrate animals in Western Australia and risks of emerging pest animals.

  • Many non-native or introduced exotic animals (mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians) have established feral populations in Western Australia, and have become pests as they cause damage to agricul

  • A number of starlings have recently been detected along the State's south coast. This article provides information on the identification, biology, impact and management of the common starling.

  • This animal pest alert provides information on the identification, biology, and pest potential of the red-whiskered bulbul in Australia.

  • This article provides information on the identification, biology, and pest potential of the sulphur-crested cockatoo in the south-west of Western Australia.

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