The Invasive Species Council campaigns for better laws and protections for our native plants and animals from weeds, pests and feral invaders.
Australia is one of the most unique places on Earth. We are home to the world’s oldest living culture and a diversity of wildlife – about half of our bird species and more than 80% of our mammals, reptiles and flowering plants are found nowhere else.
But all of this is under threat. Our environment is in decline, and we are in the grips of an extinction crisis.
We know the action required to solve the invasive species crisis, but we only have a short window of time to act before it’s too late.
The Invasive Species Council is striving for a future where invasive species are no longer a major cause of environmental decline and extinctions. Achieving this ambitious goal will allow species, ecological communities, and important biodiversity and cultural sites imperilled by invasive species to recover and enable much greater natural resilience to the impacts of climate change and other threats.
We aim to achieve our goals through a commitment to science and evidence-based advocacy. We are passionate, bold and unrelenting in our defence of Australia’s biodiversity from the harms caused by invasive species. We recognise the enduring relationship of First Australians to land and sea and that their deep knowledge and skilled management of land and sea are essential for effective biosecurity. We commit to collaborations that help reverse the harm done to Country and culture by invasive species.
By 2030, Australia has a much stronger environmental biosecurity system enabling more effective:
Prevention: The number of new invasive species entering Australia has been reduced and no new very-high-risk invasive species have become established.
Eradications: Priority invasive species are being systematically eliminated from both the mainland and islands.
Containment and control: Invasive species have not caused any more extinctions, high priority invasive species are being effectively contained or controlled, and priority biodiversity sites are being protected.,
Tough biosecurity laws can stop dangerous new invasive species from calling Australia home.