State Barrier Fence

The State Barrier Fence plays an important role in minimising the impact of invasive species, such as wild dogs and emus and protecting the State’s agricultural industries. The 1170km fence, extends from the Zuytdorp cliffs north of Kalbarri in the State’s north through to Jerdacuttup east of Ravensthorpe in the State’s south.

Wild dogs pose a significant threat to agricultural industries. From 2010, $13.82 million has been allocated from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions funds to upgrade and extend the fence and support the employment of another eight doggers. 

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia is responsible for managing the maintenance and construction of the State Barrier Fence.



  • 25 August 2016

    Control methods for wild dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) - declared pests in Western Australia.

  • 14 October 2016

    Big improvements in wild dog management and agricultural pest animal control have resulted from Royalties for Regions funds allocated in 2010 and 2011.

  • 20 October 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) proposes to extend the State Barrier Fence eastwards from its current termination point near Ravensthorpe, extending north around S

  • 8 March 2016

    A grower suvey and benefit cost analysis on the State Barrier Fence has demonstrated the positive impact the fence is having on wild dog management.

  • 29 June 2016

    In the rangelands of Western Australia (WA) wild dogs pose a significant threat to livestock, particularly small stock such as sheep and goats.

  • 3 February 2017

    Wild dogs (all wild-living dogs including pure-bred dingoes, hybrids, and domestic dogs running wild) are a major pest species impacting on grazing industries across mainland Australia.

  • 17 February 2017

    Western Australia's State Barrier Fence plays an important role in preventing animal pests such as wild dogs from moving into the State's agricultural areas from pastoral areas in the east.

  • 22 February 2017

    This article deals with recognising wild dog (including dingoes, feral domestic dogs and their hybrids) damage to sheep found dead or injured.