Quarantine and biosecurity measures to prevent the introduction or spread of invasive plant and animal species are a key consideration for many projects to protect Australia’s ecosystems. In particular projects that involve terrestrial linear infrastructure (e.g. roads and pipelines) or a marine component such as international shipping or marine equipment often have specific quarantine and biosecurity considerations.
Several government bodies control and advise on quarantine and biosecurity. These include Biosecurity Australia (within the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry), the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) and the State Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA), the State Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW).
Depending on the requirements of your project, the management of introduced or invasive species could involve one or more of the following:
- A pre-clearing or pre-construction survey of dieback infestation (P. cinnamomi)
- Baseline weed assessment to determine the presence of any high risk weeds (many of which have legal compliance requirements, e.g. under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007)
- Baseline assessment of the presence of feral fauna. This is often undertaken as part of more generic fauna surveys, however we can undertake targeted work if the risk to the project or environment is high
- Production of management plans and procedures to support site-specific management
- Implementation of management measures. This may include signage, education of your staff and contractors, control or eradication of a problem species
- Ongoing monitoring of the success of management.
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