People, wildlife, agriculture, infrastructure – no aspect of our lives is safe from the destructive power of invasive insects.
Australia already has more than its fair share of harmful insects that are not native to the country but are causing massive harm to our native plants, animals and ecosystems.
Queensland is battling red fire ants through a 10 year, $411 million eradication plan. Yellow crazy ants threaten our Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforests on Earth and the most biologically diverse region in Australia.
Invasive insects attack and kill our native animals, out-compete our native insects, carry diseases and attack our Australian plant species.
We must do all we can to keep other invasive insects from entering Australia, and control and where possible eradicate those already here.
People, wildlife, agriculture, infrastructure – no aspect of our lives is safe from the destructive power of invasive ants now found in Australia.
Think you’ve found a species of insect that doesn't belong in Australia and need help identifying it, like this stink bunk?
A project to develop a national priority list of potential insect invaders that could harm the natural environment and their likely arrival pathways.
First-hand accounts of the impact of these acid-spitting ants on people, pets and wildlife are horrific.
Our invasion watch profiles detail some of the most frightening invasive insects we need to keep out of Australia.
If you think you have found an invasive ant in Australia please contact your local biosecurity agency, we have listed appropriate agencies on our website.
Dear National Deer Management Coordinator,
Please accept this as a submission to the National Feral Deer Action Plan.
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I am very concerned about the spread of deer and am pleased that a national plan has finally been developed. Without urgent action, funding and commitment from all levels of government it is clear that feral deer will continue to spread and damage our environment.
The feral deer population in Australia is growing rapidly and spreading across the country, damaging our natural environment, causing havoc for farmers and foresters and threatening public safety. Unlike much of the world where deer are native, our plants and wildlife haven’t evolved to deal with these heavy hard hooved animals with a voracious appetite.
With no natural predators and an ability to adapt to almost all environments, they could occupy almost all of Australia unless stopped. Despite this, state and territory governments have been slow to respond and in Victoria and Tasmania they are still protected by law for the enjoyment of hunters.
This plan should be adopted by all governments but must also be underpinned by dedicated funding and clear responsibilities. A plan without funding or accountability is a plan that will fail and Australia cannot afford for this to fail.
In order to prevent the spread of feral deer and reduce their impact on our native wildlife, ecosystems and agriculture, I ask that the following recommendations be adopted for the final National Feral Deer Action Plan:
1. All federal, state and territory governments should adopt the National Feral Deer Action Plan and declare feral deer to be a priority pest animal species.
2. All federal, state and territory governments should commit to:
3. In order to drive action and the success of this plan, there should be dedicated Commonwealth funding and support for:
4. The expected outcomes for the plan need to be more ambitious, with clear interim targets including:
5. A national feral deer containment map with three zones should be adopted. It should be more ambitious than the zone map in the current draft plan and there should be greater clarity in the naming of the zones. Improvements that should be adopted include:
6. There should be consistent laws and regulations across all states and territories that:
I support the follow principles being adopted in the final National Feral Deer Action Plan: