Report 18

Managing the Impact of Plant and Animal Pests: A State-wide Challenge

Audit focus and scope

This audit sought to assess how effectively terrestrial plant and animal pests are managed under the BAM Act. We focused on three main questions:

  • Are there clear legislative and regulatory powers to oversee the management of declared plants and animals?
  • Are activities to identify threats and prevent incursions effective?
  • Are eradication, containment and protection activities effective?

DAFWA was the focus of this audit. We also consulted DPaW, non-government stakeholders and conducted a survey of landholders seeking their views on the management of declared pests.

Our survey received 692 responses from landholders across the state. Throughout this report we have included survey results and specific comments from landholders provided in the survey as a generalisation of the overall sentiment being expressed. A summary of selected results from the survey is detailed in Appendix 1.

This audit was conducted in accordance with the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards.

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