About Us

The Invasive Species Council campaigns for better laws and protections for our native plants and animals from weeds, pests and feral invaders.

In Australia we’ve learned the hard way that once a powerful new invader like the fox, rabbit or cane toad enters the country it is nearly always impossible to eradicate.

The cost of this lesson has been enormous – invasive species are primarily to blame for Australia having the worst mammal extinction rate in the world. Feral cats alone kill an estimated 75 million native animals across the country every night, and have become our number one predator.

Invasive weeds are also taking an enormous toll on our natural environment. They radically alter ecosystems and threaten the survival of Australian native plants and animals.

As a result many of our endangered native animals are now in a race for survival as governments and conservation organisations struggle to keep them from becoming yet another statistic on the global extinction list.

That’s why we are focusing our energies on preventing new invasive species from entering and becoming established in Australia.

We can’t turn the clock back and eliminate harmful weeds, the fox, cat or cane toad, but with your help we can pressure state and federal governments into stopping dangerous new species from entering and becoming established in Australia.

Our team works on invasive species issues across Australia. Our staff have strong backgrounds in environmental management and policy research, and work side by side with local communities.

Our story

We were founded by far sighted individuals sick of seeing wave after wave of weeds, feral animals and other pests destroying the natural places they loved.

What we do

Core to our work is protecting Australia's natural environment from harmful invasive species through prevention and early action.

Our wins

Hard work and a commitment to following good science has won us many achievements in the field of invasive species management.

Who we are

We campaign for stronger laws, policies and programs to keep Australia's native plants and animals safe from weeds, feral animals and other invasive species.


We work on invasive species issues across Australia. If you have a passion for protecting our native plants and animals get in touch.

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