Review of the Australian Pest Animal Strategy and the Australian Weeds Strategy

The strategies provide a national framework for addressing pest animals and weeds, while maintaining the profitability and sustainability of Australia’s primary industries.

They describe how Australian local, state and federal government agencies work with the community and industry to:

  • prevent the spread of new pest animals
  • manage issues in relation to weeds.

Why the strategies are being revised

An independent review of the strategies in 2012 recommended that the strategies be revised to reflect changes in pest animal management and weed management in Australia.

As the strategies are almost 10 years old, they need to be brought into line with updated biosecurity policies, including the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB).

The revised strategies will not change the way that you manage pest animals and weeds on your property.

They will:

  • set the direction for national pest animal and weed management, including principles that can be applied by everyone
  • provide guidance for individual organisations and property owners, and encourage them to work together to improve the way pest animals and weeds are managed.

Consultation process

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources coordinated a public submission process to seek feedback on the revised Australian Weed Strategy and Australian Pest Animal Strategy. 

During this time 24 submissions were received in relation to the Australian Weed Strategy and 50 submissions were received in relation to the Australian Pest Animal Strategy.

Submissions received for the Australian Pest Animal Strategy and the Australian Weeds Strategy are now available online.

Next Steps

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, through the Invasive Plants and Animals Committee, is in the process of analysing the submissions and revising the strategies. 

The final strategies will be published on the website in 2017.