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PestSmart Connect

This site provides information about invasive vertebrate pests in Australia: their biology, ecology, impacts and best practice management. Use this site to:

  • LEARN about vertebrate pests, their impacts and management
  • ACT to protect agricultural and biodiversity assets from the impact of invasive animals.
  • CONNECT with agencies, associations and community groups in your local area for practical help and advice with your pest animal management.

Links to specific resources on themes such as animal welfare and risk assessment are also available.

PestSmart Connect was developed by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre in late 2014/early 2015 to replace the website. It retains the searchable database of the old site with over 8000 records including published and unpublished research, technical reports, management practices, threat abatement plans and legislation.

Balanced Researcher – IACRC postgraduate student program

IA CRC postgraduate students are attached to projects that contribute to one of our operational targets.¬† They receive good funding support through projects as well as an industry-level scholarship with a three-and-a-half year tenure (rather than the usual three).¬† In addition, they are assisted¬† with strong skills-based training that makes them better, more ‘balanced’ scientists – more attractive to employers.

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Primary and secondary school curriculum resources

Provides motivated teachers with a complete and up to date resource which addresses the complexities of effective pest animal management.

This resource has been produced by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre and the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra. The Natural Heritage Trust has assisted in funding this project.[singlepic id=73 w=160 h=120 float=right]

Feral Focus (secondary school resource):

Pest Tales (primary school resource):

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The Invasive Animals CRC finished on June 30, 2017.

The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions is now in its place and has a new website you can visit at

This website will remain active until June 30, 2018, however after this time it will be archived.