Competition and land degradation by unmanaged goats

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2008

Threat abatement plan

This threat abatement plan (TAP) establishes a national framework to guide and coordinate Australia's response to the impacts of unmanaged goats (Capra hircus) on biodiversity. It identifies the research, management and other actions needed to ensure the long-term survival of native species and ecological communities affected by competition and land degradation caused by unmanaged goats. It replaces the TAP for competition and land degradation by feral goats published in 1999 (EA 1999a).

This plan should be read in conjunction with the publication Background document for the threat abatement plan for competition and land degradation by unmanaged goats (DEWHA 2008). The background document provides information on unmanaged goat characteristics, biology and distribution; impacts on environmental, economic, social and cultural values; and current management practices and measures.

Review status

The threat abatement plan for competition and land degradation by unmanaged goats (2008) is currently under review by the department as required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The actions that have been undertaken to abate the threat from feral goats as identified through the actions, goals and objectives of the threat abatement plan are being assessed to determine whether the current plan is still a feasible, effective and efficient way to abate the threatening process. The 2008 plan remains in place, until such time as a revised plan is made, the plan sunsets (2018) and/or the Minister decides not to have a threat abatement plan for this key threatening process.

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