The EIC List of Threat Categories of Non-indigenous Vertebrates

What is The EIC List?

The Environment and Invasives Committee List of Threat Categories of Non-indigenous Vertebrates (the EIC List) forms a record of the non-indigenous amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals that:

  • are recorded in Australia,
  • have been previously recorded in Australia and have been risk assessed,
  • are suitable for live import but are not in Australia,
  • have been risk assessed but are believed not to be present in Australia,
  • and are not considered suitable for import


What does The EIC List do?

The EIC List classifies animals into threat categories (Low to Extreme) on the basis of their potential to become pests in Australia, in line with the Vertebrate Pest Committee Guidelines for the Import Movement and Keeping of Non-Indigenous Vertebrate Animals in Australia (the VPC Guidelines; VPC 2014). Note that animals that have not been risk assessed are given a precautionary extreme listing.

Who uses The EIC List?

Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies use this list as a reference when controlling the entry, movement and keeping of nonindigenous animals. Zoos, Wildlife Parks and other animal keepers/enthusiasts use this list as a guide to which animals they can keep and how they will have to manage those animals.

For further information about the risk assessment process and allocation of species to EIC Threat Categories, please refer to the EIC Guidelines and risk assessment models for establishment of exotic vertebrates in Australia and New Zealand (Bomford 2008).