The dumping of a proposed import levy is a huge setback for Australia’s biosecurity system.
Our joint report with Monash University reveals environmentally destructive ants, bees and wasps could be hitching a ride into Australia on an international bug superhighway.
More than 2800 insects across the world have been identified as being environmentally destructive once they invade new land, but which ones pose the greatest threats to Australia’s native plants and animals and what are we doing to keep them out? We are already grappling with the huge economic and environmental costs of insects from…
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…
The reality of government decision making is that ministers are influenced by what they think people want. Once a dangerous new invasive species is widespread and established in Australia, people will demand action, but unfortunately by then it is usually too late to make a real difference. We need governments to act while the problem…
The Australian government has drawn up a hit list of overseas environmental invaders we need to keep out of the country.
Delegates from Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada and Mexico made first ever biosecurity symposium a smashing success.
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
An investigation into which insects overseas represent the greatest risks for Australia and how they could arrive here.
Submitted: October 2019
The Invasive Species Council supports the development of an interim national priority list of exotic environmental pests and diseases as the first step in developing a more comprehensive list of environmental biosecurity risks for Australia.