Biosecurity

Biosecurity is fundamental for safeguarding our valuable agricultural resources against the threat and impacts of pests, weeds and diseases (pests).

Biosecurity is the management of the risk of animal and plant pests and diseases entering, emerging, establishing or spreading in Western Australia, to protect our economy, environment and the community.

To protect Western Australian agricultural industries from pests the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia:

  • Works with stakeholders to identify and manage biosecurity risks.
  • Develops legislation.
  • Establishes import controls.
  • Conducts inspections.
  • Provides quarantine services as required.

To find out more about what we do to protect agricultural production and export opportunities within the State please search our website.

Articles

  • Queensland fruit fly is not present in Western Australia, but is occasionally detected and requires an eradication response to contain and prevent further spread.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has taken action to protect Western Australia’s citrus growers from the threat of citrus canker following confirmation that the disease

  • The recent listeria food safety warning around rockmelons on the east coast of Australia does not apply to Western Australia.

  • Citrus gall wasp is a pest that affects all citrus species. Citrus tree owners are encouraged to implement control measures on their property to reduce the threat to the citrus industry in Western

  • 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

  • Pursuant to section 44 of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (the Act) the Director General of Agriculture and Food granted temporary approval for new and alternative requ

  • 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.

  • Queensland fruit fly (Qfly, Bactrocera tryoni) is native to Australia.

  • Blueberry rust is a plant disease caused by the fungus Thekopsora minima, which affects a range of plants in the Ericaceae family, including blueberries, cranberries and rhododendrons.