The Declared Pest Rate (DPR)
Blackwood Biosecurity does not collect or manage the Declared Pest Rate. If you wish to make an enquiry
about the DPR or change your address please phone RevenueWA on (08) 9262 1199,
or for country callers 1300 368 364 (local call charge).
A Budget for the Management of Declared Pests
Widespread and established declared pests such as wild dogs, foxes, rabbits, cotton bush, blackberry and mesquite can have serious impacts on agriculture, the environment, and human health and safety if not managed. Under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) the State raises a Declared Pest Rate (DPR) 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 (RBGs) who provide support to landholders to fulfil their obligations to manage widespread and established declared pests on their land. The funding supports RBGs to conduct pest management awareness initiatives and education as well as coordinate and undertake pest management activities across land tenures.
Pest Control Priorities, Budgets and Operations Vary Among RBGs
RBGs across Western Australia are impacted by different pest species, volume of pests, local industry, land use, environmental factors, population demographics and the size of each groups specific operational area. Because of this, RBGs across WA have varying pest control priorities, budgets and operations.
Declared Pest Rates Are Not New
Five RBGs in WA’s pastoral regions have received funding from a DPR since 2014. Prior to that, it was collected as the Agriculture Pest Rate under the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection Act 1976. Across WA there are currently 14 RBGs that will access funding from the DPR for the 2021-22 financial year. Each group operates across different local government areas. Approximately 22,123 landholders from 66 local government areas will receive DPR notices in 2021-2022.