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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  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is currently responding to an outbreak of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) in Perth's western suburbs.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development detected Red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) at two adjoining tenanted properties at Fremantle Ports in November 2019.

  • Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) is considered one of the most destructive diseases of banana plants worldwide.

  • Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) is considered one of the most destructive diseases of banana plants worldwide. It is caused by the soil-borne fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp.

  • Papaya sticky disease (caused by the combined action of Papaya meleira virus and Papaya meleira virus 2) can spread rapidly through plantings, making the fruit unattractive and unmarketable. This p

  • Small hive beetle (Aethina tumidacan cause significant damage to bee hives.

  • The fall armyworm moth (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a plant pest that can damage a wide variety of crops.

  • Queensland fruit fly (Qfly, Bactrocera tryoni) is considered to be one of the most serious pests of fruit and vegetables in Australia.

  • Dothistroma needle blight (Dothistroma septosporum) causes needle loss, slow growth and sometimes death in many types of pine and some related conifers.

  • Psa (Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae) is a disease of kiwifruit that can spread rapidly through kiwifruit orchards and kill many vines.

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