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.

Articles

  • 24 November 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia's (DAFWA) Quarantine WA service works hard to prevent the introduction of exotic pests, diseases and weeds found in other states and territ

  • 1 August 2016

    If you’re moving or want to export goods to another state or territory, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia's Quarantine WA service can help you with information and certifica

  • 25 June 2014

    Mites of the Tetranychidae family (commonly known as spider mites) include some important pests of economic concern to agriculture and forestry.

  • 19 December 2016

    This page summarises information on the status of plant and bee-related pest risk analyses prepared by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia.

  • 20 October 2015

    For many years the import of fresh table grapes into Western Australia was banned due to the possibility of introducing certain important pests and diseases.

  • 9 November 2016

    A pest risk analysis on the importation of fresh table grapes from other Australian states and territories into Western Australia commenced on 15 September 2011.

  • 18 January 2017

    The Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) provides advisory and identification services on animal and plant pests, weeds and diseases that impact Western Australia's agriculture and food ind

  • 1 September 2015

    Banana freckle, the fungal disease caused by Phyllosticta cavendishii, is a serious pest of Cavendish bananas that can affect their commercial value and marketability.

  • 13 August 2015

    Citrophilus mealybug (Pseudococcus calceolariae) is a serious pest of many horticultural crops that can downgrade fruit quality and affect fruit production. This pest is not known to occur

  • 24 November 2016

    The Animal Health Laboratories (AHL) provides a variety of services including testing for disease surveillance and control, export certification, developmen

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