Australian pest animal strategy
A national strategy for the management of vertebrate pest animals in Australia
Department of the Environment and Water Resources
About the strategy
The vision for the Australian Pest Animal Strategy is that: Australia’s biodiversity, agricultural assets and social values are secure from the impacts of vertebrate pest animals.
The focus of the Strategy is to address the undesirable impacts caused by exotic vertebrate animals (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish) that have become pests in Australia, and to prevent the establishment of new exotic vertebrate pests.
In Australia, pest animals have major economic, environmental and social impacts. Many pest animals cause significant damage to crops and seriously affect Australia’s livestock industries by preying on stock and competing for pasture. Pest animals also cause severe land degradation by promoting soil erosion, stream turbidity and the spread of weeds. Competition, habitat destruction and predation by pest animals threaten the survival of many of Australia’s native plants and animals.
Australian private and public landowners and users spend considerable time and money addressing the impacts of pest animals. For example, it has been estimated that eleven of Australia’s major pest animals (wild populations of foxes, pigs, rabbits, mice, goats, carp, dogs, cane toads, camels, cats and horses) have negative impacts in Australia valued at over $720 million per annum (McLeod 2004).