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.


  • 24 November 2016

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

  • 14 December 2016

    Where reports are not available for download, copies can be made available on request. Refer to the contact details below.

  • 25 November 2016

    Are you a small landholder who owns cattle, sheep, horses, goats, buffalo, deer, pigs, alpacas or llamas?

    Do you only own one of these animals that you regard as a pet?

  • 15 November 2016

    This webpage provides a summary of the research and development projects funded via the Cattle Industry Funding Scheme.

  • 10 October 2016

    Bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) is an infectious disease of cattle that can also affect other ruminants such as goats, alpaca, sheep and deer.

  • 1 July 2016

    Bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) is an infectious disease of cattle that can also affect other ruminants such as deer, sheep, goats and alpacas.

  • 1 July 2016

    Western Australia has a Bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) negligible disease prevalence. Surveillance is important to provide evidence of this dcontinued level of prevalence.

  • 24 November 2016

    Western Australia was a bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) Free Zone under the previous National Johne's Disease Control Program. This changed on 1 July 2016 with the implementation of the new nationally

  • 21 November 2016

    Feeding food scraps (also known as swill or prohibited pig feed) to pigs is illegal in Australia because it could result in the introduction of devastating diseases to pigs and other animals.

  • 12 March 2016

    Some of the world’s safest meat, milk and fibre products are produced here in Western Australia. WA farmers produce safe food by keeping their livestock free of harmful residues.


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