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

  • Newcastle disease is a severe viral disease of poultry and other birds.

  • Avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds caused by an influenza virus.

  • In Western Australia, all owners of livestock are legally required to register with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Brands Office.

  • Browsing ant, Lepisiota frauenfeldi, is an invasive, exotic ant that will thrive under Australian conditions and has been declared a pest of national significance.

  • Australia is free of many infectious horse diseases, saving owners costly disease control. The occurrence of an emergency horse disease could severely restrict horse movements, racing and other com

  • Seed potato schemes do not have a standardised system for naming their field grown generations which makes it difficult to compare schemes.

  • Under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Movement of Stock and Apiaries) Regulations 2013 [BAM (IMSA) regulations], it is mandatory to provide appropriate documentation

  • Western Australia remains relatively free of pests and diseases that adversely affect our agricultural industries and environment.

  • Identification of livestock in Western Australia is required under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Movement of Stock and Apiaries) Regulations 2013 [BAM (IMSA) regula

  • Western Australia is free from many pests and diseases that may be carried on seed. Many seeds themselves may also pose a threat of becoming a weed in our state.

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