Livestock biosecurity

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s Livestock Biosecurity Program is part of the national animal health framework that underpins and enhances Australia’s and Western Australia’s (WA) market access for animals and animal products. 

The value of Australia’s export of animals and animal products relies on being able to maintain and demonstrate WA’s excellent animal health and residue-safe food status, a comprehensive livestock traceability system, regulated inter-state and intra-state movement to manage pest and diseases and industry supported disease control programs.  

The Livestock Biosecurity Program manages a number of regulatory activities to support stock identification and traceability, disease surveillance, animal movement requirements and preparedness to respond to diseases such as foot and mouth disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The consequences of these diseases are rated as being catastrophic to the Australian economy, and diseases such as H5N1 avian influenza and rabies may cause death in humans.

Additionally the program regulates activities to protect human health via food safety regulatory activities, chemical management and by monitoring for emerging zoonoses - diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

Early detection of any significant animal disease incursion is essential to minimise the impact on the economy, the community and primary production.  Any delay in detection would mean eradication and/or control will be considerably more difficult and expensive or, in the worst case scenario, may not be feasible at all.


  • Ehrlichiosis is a disease of dogs that occurs when a brown dog tick infected with the bacteria, Ehrlichia canis (E.

  • 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'.

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

  • 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.

  • Identification of livestock is required by law under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Movement of Stock and Apiaries) Regulations 2013 [BAM (IMSA) Regulations].

  • The threat of two significant livestock diseases, foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and lumpy skin disease (LSD) has highlighted the importance of emergency animal disease prevention and preparedness fo

  • This page features the latest digital resources to identify, report and manage risks associated with the highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and lumpy skin di

  • Liver fluke is a parasite of ruminants and is not present in Western Australia.

  • The protection of Western Australia’s economy, environment and people’s health by preventing the outbreak of exotic animal and plant pests and diseases is known as biosecurity.


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