Prevention and early action
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. We now know that invasive species are a leading threat to Australia’s wildlife.
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.
Eradication, containment, control
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 under this objective includes:
- Facilitating eradication of recent mainland arrivals and invasive species from offshore islands.
- Lobbying for government-led containment strategies for emerging pests such as feral deer and horses.
- Supporting targeted control measures underpinned by science.
- Promoting the ‘general biosecurity obligation’.
Our seven-year strategic plan
In 2016 we adopted a seven-year strategic plan. The plan sets out five priority areas for the organisation’s prevention and early action work which forms the majority of our efforts. It also explains the approach to our work seeking to eradicate, contain and control invasive species that have already arrived and established in Australia.
More about what we do
If you’d like to learn more about what we do take a look at our strategy for dealing with invasive species in Australia.