Competition and land degradation by unmanaged goats

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

Threat abatement plan

This threat abatement plan (TAP) establishes a national framework to guide and coordinate Australia's response to the impacts of unmanaged goats (Capra hircus) on biodiversity. It identifies the research, management and other actions needed to ensure the long-term survival of native species and ecological communities affected by competition and land degradation caused by unmanaged goats. It replaces the TAP for competition and land degradation by feral goats 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 unmanaged goats (DEWHA 2008). The background document provides information on unmanaged goat characteristics, biology and distribution; impacts on environmental, economic, social and cultural values; and current management practices and measures.

Review status

The Minister for the Environment noted a review of the Threat abatement plan for competition and land degradation by unmanaged goats on 19 March 2014. He agreed that a variation of the threat abatement plan be drafted to reflect the important steps that have been made in the last five years including improved coordination between land managers and to improve how management is undertaken to protect threatened flora and fauna in a situation where unmanaged goat numbers are still rising.

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