Pest control in the Shire of Ravensthorpe is a collaborative effort involving various entities, each with specific responsibilities to ensure the effective management of pests.

This information page aims to outline the key players and their roles in pest control, emphasising the shared responsibility of both authorities and landowners. 

Landowners and property managers

All landowners and property managers within the Shire of Ravensthorpe have a legal obligation to manage pests on their properties to prevent their spread and minimise their impact on neighbouring lands. 

Responsibilities of all landowners and property managers include:

  • Regularly inspecting properties for signs of pest infestations and taking prompt action to control them
  • Implementing appropriate pest control measures such as baiting, trapping, biological control, and chemical treatments as necessary. (Restrictions apply for some control options, please check before using)
  • Maintaining records of pest control activities and adhering to relevant regulations and guidelines
  • Participating in collaborative pest control programs organised by the Shire of Ravensthorpe, Southern Biosecurity Group, DPIRD, or other relevant agencies
  • Educating themselves and their staff about common pests, their habitats, and effective control methods to prevent infestations


Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) 


DPIRD is responsible for providing technical expertise, research, and support to assist landowners and communities in managing pests effectively. 

Under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) the Government of Western Australia raises a Declared Pest Rate from landholders in specific areas, and matches the funds raised from the rate dollar-for-dollar.

The combined funds are made available to recognised biosecurity groups who provide support to landholders to manage widespread and established declared pests. 

In the Shire of Ravensthorpe it is the Southern Biosecurity Group that coordinates the control of declared pests and species.  


Shire of Ravensthorpe pest control measures

The Shire carries out pest control programs in public spaces, for example sports ovals and swimming pools. 



Declared Pest Rate

Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007

Baits and poisons for rabbit control

Southern Biosecurity Group

Pests and weeds control methods