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.

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  • The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) describes Australia’s system for the identification and tracing of livestock.

  • Brucellosis is an economically important bacterial disease of animals that can also affect people.

  • Anthrax is a bacterial disease of animals, most commonly seen in cattle, sheep and goats.

  • The following resources have been produced by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to assist veterinarians in selecting and preparing samples and conducting livesto

  • Blue-green algae are a group of algae including Nodularia spumigena, Microcystis aeruginosa and Anabaena circinalis.

  • Classical swine fever (CSF) and African swine fever (ASF) are both highly contagious viral diseases that only affect pigs. The diseases are similar, although they are caused by different viruses.

  • People in Western Australia who have and keep pigs are legally required to register as owners of livestock and have a current property identification code (PIC) with the Department of Agriculture a

  • All livestock in Western Australia must be correctly identified according to species.

  • There are many infectious emergency diseases of pigs that do not occur in Australia.

  • All livestock owners and beekeepers within Western Australia (WA) must be registered and their stock identified in accordance with the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Mov