Pests, Diseases and Weeds

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This page has links to some of the more high profile pests and diseases that are a threa​t to Australia’s biosecurity. You will also find information on how we respond to biosecurity incidents (pest and disease incursions) and how they can be prevented in the first place.

Animal Pests and Diseases

Aquatic Animal Diseases

Aquatic animal diseases are those which affect finfish (barramundi, pilchards, salmon and tuna), crustacea (prawns, lobsters and yabbies) molluscs (abalone, edible oysters and pearl oysters).

Marine Pests

Marine Pests are plants or animals that are not native to Australia and have the potential to significantly impact our marine environment, our marine industries, and our economy. 

The marine pest website provides detailed information about managing these pests.  It also provides information on the National System for the Prevention and Management of Marine Pest Incursions.

Plant Pests and Diseases



Pest and Disease Response

Nationally agreed pest and disease response strategies:


BioSIRT (Biosecurity Surveillance Incident Response and Tracing) is a spatial and textual, web-based software application that has been developed to enable better management of information and resources in emergency responses across animal or plant diseases, pests and incursions.

Farm Biosecurity

Pest Animals

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