Plant biosecurity

The mission of Western Australia's plant biosecurity programs is to safeguard plant resources from exotic and established pests and diseases. The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has adopted a 'biosecurity continuum' approach with pre-border, border and post-border biosecurity strategies as integral components of this approach.

The aim of DAFWA’s approach is to identify key threats to productivity, sustainability and market access and outline preventive and response strategies.

The management of biological risks to market access, product safety, quality, productivity and sustainability is a shared responsibility and can be managed together and cost-effectively by means of partnerships between industry, community and government.

DAFWA’s biosecurity policies and operations are targeted to facilitate safe trade, tourism and commodity movement whilst reducing exposure of the State's plant resources to exotic biological risks.

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 14 June 2016

    Mango seed weevil (Sternochetus mangiferae) is a serious pest of mango fruit.

  • 26 September 2014

    Citrophilus mealybug (Pseudococcus calceolariae) is an exotic pest to Western Australia.

  • 9 December 2016

    Mango seed weevil (Sternochetus mangiferae) is an exotic pest to Western Australia.

  • 18 January 2017

    Protecting Western Australian citrus orchards from pests and diseases that could significantly affect their production and therefore the availability of citrus is an important activity of growers,

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