About the document
This threat abatement plan (TAP) establishes a national framework to guide and coordinate Australia's response to the impacts of feral cats 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 predation by feral cats. It replaces the threat abatement plan for predation by feral cats published in 2008 (DEWHA 2008).
This plan should be read in conjunction with the publication Background document for the threat abatement plan for predation by feral cats (Department of the Environment 2015). The background document provides information on feral cat characteristics, biology and distribution; impacts on environmental, economic, social and cultural values; and current management practices and measures.
The 2008 threat abatement plan predation by feral cats was reviewed by the department as required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The actions that have been undertaken to abate the threat from feral cats as identified through the actions, goals and objectives of the threat abatement plan have been assessed. The Minister determined that a varied plan will be the most feasible, effective and efficient way to abate the threatening process. The varied threat abatement plan (2015) was made on 13 July 2015.