Vertebrate pest animals

Pest animals present a significant threat to our biosecurity, biodiversity and economy, environment and community wellbeing.

The community and land managers feel the impacts of pest animals because they:

  • prey on livestock and wildlife
  • increase grazing pressure on pastures
  • damage crops and plants
  • compete with native wildlife for food and habitat
  • spread diseases to people and other animals (including stock and pets)
  • damage fences and other infrastructure.

Wild rabbits, wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and other vertebrate pests cost the Australian agricultural industry about $800 million per year and this is climbing.

Given the impact pest animals have, it is important that everyone plays their part in reducing the risks they create.

From 1 July 2018, the management of pest animals will be administered under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and a range of new, flexible regulatory tools will take effect; replacing prescriptive instruments including Pest Control Orders.

The changes bring pest animal management into line with the way we already manage weeds and other biosecurity risks in NSW.