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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  • Codling moth (Cydia pomonella) is a serious pest of apples and other pome fruit and has the potential to cause severe crop losses. This pest is not known to occur in Western Australia.

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

  • Within Western Australia some areas may have pests, diseases or weeds established that are not found elsewhere within the state.

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

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia has initiated a policy review for Panama disease associated with host material and linked packaging imported from other Australian states a

  • Little cherry disease [Ampelovirus Little cherry virus 2 (LChV-2)] is a serious pest of cherries that can affect fruit development and quality.

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia has initiated a policy review of the importation of washed ware potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) from other Australian states and terr

  • 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.

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia has issued a final policy review regarding the importation of fresh table grape bunches (Vitis spp.) from other Australian states

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

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