Biosecurity

Biosecurity is fundamental for safeguarding our valuable agricultural resources against the threat and impacts of pests, weeds and diseases (pests).

Biosecurity is the management of the risk of animal and plant pests and diseases entering, emerging, establishing or spreading in Western Australia, to protect our economy, environment and the community.

To protect Western Australian agricultural industries from pests the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia:

  • Works with stakeholders to identify and manage biosecurity risks.
  • Develops legislation.
  • Establishes import controls.
  • Conducts inspections.
  • Provides quarantine services as required.

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

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  • Western Australian honey is among the best in the world.

  • Citrophilus mealybug (Pseudococcus calceolariae) is a serious pest of many horticultural crops that can downgrade fruit quality and affect fruit production.

  • In Australia, it is illegal to feed restricted animal material (RAM) to ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats, deer, camels and alpacas). This is known as the 'ruminant feed ban'.

  • Skeleton weed (Chondrilla juncea L.) is a declared pest in Western Australia (WA).

  • African black sugar ant, (Lepisiota incisa), is an invasive ant native to Africa.

  • Western Australia has laws to control chemical use on trade animals. These laws protect people, animals and the environment from harm.

  • Report of the achievements, performance and budget details of the 2016-2017 skeleton weed program.

  • Industry Funding Schemes enable agricultural industries to raise funds for programs targeting biosecurity priorities. This page provides links to reports relating to the Industry Funding Schemes.

  • Ovine brucellosis is a reproductive disease that can affect all breeds of sheep.

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