Biosecurity & quarantine

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) works with primary industries to safeguard our agricultural resources from biological threats and to maintain our export opportunities.

The State’s reputation is underpinned by a comprehensive biosecurity and quarantine system, developed and operated by DAFWA.

DAFWA is involved with:

  • creation of surveillance and diagnostic programs
  • animal and plant risk assessments
  • importing and exporting requirements
  • creating mechanisms to respond to incursions
  • livestock movement and identification
  • development and maintenance of biosecurity and quarantine legislation.

To find out more about what we do to protect agricultural production and export opportunities within the State please search our website.


  • 5 September 2017

    Citrus gall wasp is a pest that affects all citrus species. Citrus tree owners are encouraged to implement control measures on their property to reduce the threat to the citrus industry in Western

  • 28 August 2017

    A pest risk assessment of pests with reported occurrences in Australia but which have not established in Western Australia (WA) found 45 pests that were considered priority pest threats to the viti

  • 5 September 2017

    The Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has confirmed the detection of Dickeya dianthicola in seed potatoes and dormant dahlia tubers in Western Au

  • 13 September 2017

    The European wasp is considered one of the worst wasps in the world - harmful to people, our outdoor lifestyles and to our horticultural and agricultural industries.

  • 28 June 2017

    The border controls outlined below for Johne’s disease (JD) susceptible stock entering Western Australia will be implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) on

  • 22 August 2017

    Join us on a mission to uncover the secret lives of pests inside your pantry!

  • 25 July 2017

    This web page provides a summary of the key points about how the Johne's Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) applies to Western Australian cattle producers.

  • 1 August 2017

    Wild dogs (including dingoes, feral/escaped domestic dogs and their hybrids) cause stock losses and prey on native wildlife.

  • 21 June 2017

    Prevention and early intervention are the most cost-effective means of dealing with potential, new and emerging weeds in Western Australia.

  • 13 September 2017

    The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is working with the State’s horticulture industry to combat tomato potato psyllid (TPP), following a national decision that it is not t


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