Competition and land degradation by rabbits

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2008

Threat abatement plan

About the plan

This threat abatement plan (TAP) establishes a national framework to guide and coordinate Australia's response to the impacts of rabbits on biodiversity. It identifies the research, management and other actions needed to ensure the long-term maintenance of native species and ecological communities affected by competition and land degradation caused by rabbits. It replaces the threat abatement plan for feral rabbits published in 1999 (EA 1999a).

This plan should be read in conjunction with the publication Background document for the threat abatement plan for competition and land degradation by rabbits (DEWHA 2008). The background document provides information on rabbit characteristics, biology and distribution; impacts on environmental, economic, social and cultural values; and current management practices and measures.

Review status

The threat abatement plan for competition and land degradation by rabbits (2008) is currently under review by the department as required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The actions that have been undertaken to abate the threat from feral rabbits as identified through the actions, goals and objectives of the threat abatement plan are being assessed to determine whether the current plan is still a feasible, effective and efficient way to abate the threatening process. The 2008 plan remains in place, until such time as a revised plan is made, the plan sunsets (2018) and/or the Minister decides not to have a threat abatement plan for this key threatening process.

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