House Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Inquiry into the impact on agriculture of pest animals
Terms of Reference
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is to inquire into the impact on agriculture of pest animals particularly:
- To identify nationally significant pest animal issues and consider how existing Australian and State government processes can be better linked for more coordinated management of these issues across State boundaries.
- To consider the approaches to pest animal issues across all relevant jurisdictions, including:
- prevention of new pest animals becoming established;
- detection and reporting systems for new and established pest animals;
- eradication of infestations (particularly newly established species or ‘sleeper’ populations of species which are considered to be high risk) where feasible and appropriate; and
- reduction of the impact of established pest animal populations.
- Consider the adequacy of State Government expenditure on pest animal control in the context of other conservation and natural resource management priorities, with particular reference to National Parks.
- Consider the scope for industry groups and R&D Corporations to improve their response to landholder concerns about pest animals.
- Consider ways to promote community understanding of and involvement in pest animals and their management.
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