National Categorisation System for Invasive Species

The Australian Weed Strategy (AWS) and the Australian Pest Animal Strategy (APAS) recognise that resources for invasive species management must be targeted at the highest priorities for action. This establishes a need to prioritise pest species or targets for control. To progress the implementation of the Strategies, this document outlines four agreed national categories for invasive species taxa, together with ‘selection criteria’ used to assign candidate taxa to these categories.

Assignment to categories is an ongoing and dynamic process and will therefore require regular review. Responsibility for assigning taxa to Categories 1, 2 and 4 lies with the Australian Weeds Committee (AWC) and the Vertebrate Pests Committee (VPC). Responsibility for nominating taxa to Category 3 lies with those same Committees, with formal assignment achieved by Ministerial endorsement of the nomination.

The aim of this categorisation process is to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the economy, environment and/or social amenity of Australia by guiding the priorities for invasive species management in a manner consistent with the terms of the AWS and APAS.

Author Australian Weeds Committee and the Vertebrate Pests Committee
Year 2012
Institution Australian Weeds Committee and the Vertebrate Pests Committee
Pages 25 pp
Region Australia - national
Documents National Categorisation System for Invasive Species (340 kb PDF)