Category: eradication

Media releases

Dr Robert Puckett

US fire ant expert urges Australia to act

US fire ant expert Dr Robert Puckett arrives in Australia today as part of a national tour of Australia to warn the country that it needs to act immediately to get rid of the super pest.


Eradication of red fire ants from Australia: Statement of concern

Australia’s fire ant infestation is a national issue and needs powerful voices from across the country to call on every state, territory and the federal government to fully fund their eradication. Already the National Farmers’ Federation, AgForce, Local Government NSW, Victorian National Parks Association and the Nature Conservation Council have signed our open letter calling…

Dr Robert Puckett

Dr Robert Puckett in Australia

Dr Robert Puckett works in the southern United States and is at the forefront of the fight against invasive ants like the red fire ant. He is an Assistant Professor and Extension Entomologist at Texas A&M University. His dissertation work addressed innovations in fire ant bio control, winning national recognition from the Entomological Society of…

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Learning from past mistakes Introduced into Australia with the First Fleet rabbits have become a serious environmental invader. Their rapid spread shows what can happen when a new pest makes it into our country. The Invasive Species Council is the only organisation campaigning full-time to keep Australia free of new environmental invaders. Read more >>…

Feral Herald

Fire ant fight 2.0: A battle we must win

On Wednesday, 26 July, Australia’s agriculture ministers signed off on a new, $411 million eradication program. Fire ant fight 2.0 is a fight we must win.



Island conservation

Australia has more than 8300 islands, ranging in size from Tasmania to small rock stacks. These islands play a vital and unique role in the conservation of Australia’s native plants and animals. Many island species are found nowhere else. In some cases islands are the last refuge for species extinct on the Australian mainland. For…

Fact Sheets, Reports & Submissions

Submission to the Review of the National Environmental Biosecurity Response Agreement (NEBRA)

Submitted: March 2017
This submission seeks the automatic triggering of NEBRA for priority organisms, majority instead of consensus decision-making, an emergency response fund, meaningful involvement of environmental stakeholders and environment departments, increased transparency, application of the precautionary principle and removal of the requirement for eradications to be cost beneficial.