Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2004
About the fact sheet
Australia is home to many plants and animals that have been introduced since European settlement. Some of these have become invasive — they have spread and multiplied to the point where they damage the environment, threaten the continued existence of native plants and animals, or create significant problems for agriculture.
Invasive animals, often called feral animals, and invasive plants or 'weeds' are one of the biggest environmental problems facing Australia today.
The Australian Government, working with the states and territories, is supporting research and developing management plans to reduce the impact of invasive species on Australia's native plants and animals and on agriculture.