The Invasive Species Council campaigns for better laws and protections for our native plants and animals from weeds, pests and feral invaders.
When Europeans first arrived in Australia they ushered in an era of unprecedented invasions that continue to this day.
First came the rabbit, fox and feral cat, then the cane toad. Noxious overseas weeds now number in their thousands.
Some can be controlled and contained, but most continue to wreak havoc on our wildlife and environment, our farming communities and economy.
If we have learned anything it is that Australia cannot afford any more harmful invasive species.
That’s why we want Australia to develop a first line of defence, a biosecurity system that will keep us safe from new harmful invasive species like yellow crazy ants, which threaten Queensland’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
The key to this system is prevention and early action.
On the Australian mainland we still have time to eradicate recently introduced invasive species such as yellow crazy ants and red fire ants before they get out of control.
And on our 8300 islands we have unique opportunities to remove pests such as rats, cats and rabbits, liberating native wildlife from harmful invaders.
Control of widespread invasive species must be science-based and supported by research. Governments and community effort must target those areas where the damage is greatest.
That’s why our work includes: