Invasive species

Invasive species such as vertebrate pests, weeds and marine pests can cause negative impacts on Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries and the environment.

ABARES invasive species research and analysis contributes to Australia’s preparedness for the incursion of exotic species and the management of nationally significant pests and weeds and their potential impacts on Australia’s economy, society and environment.

The Invasive Species team provides research and analysis support to policy areas of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the IGAB, NEBRA, Sectoral Committees (Invasive Plant and Animal Committee and Marine Pest Sectoral Committee), emergency response consultative committees and pest and weed technical advisory groups.

ABARES invasive species research is part of ABARES broader research focus on Biosecurity​.

Key projects

Key projects in 2016-17 include:

  • Assessing the threat of invasive species exotic to Australia (Environmental biosecurity)
  • Development of an invasive species inventory
  • An assessment of biological control in Australia to guide future investment


Last reviewed:
04 Feb 2017