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

  • 18 January 2017

    Protecting Western Australian citrus orchards from pests and diseases that could significantly affect their production and therefore the availability of citrus is an important activity of growers,

  • 25 August 2016

    Seed potato schemes do not have a standardised system for naming their stages of seed potato production which makes it difficult to compare schemes.

  • 16 August 2016

    DDLS Seed Testing and Certification (formally AGWEST Plant Laboratories) is a service area under the DAFWA Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DDLS) - an amalgamation of DAFWA plant and animal laborato

  • 15 August 2016

    DDLS Seed Testing and Certification offers a wide range of tests to assess the quality of your seed.

  • 15 August 2016

    DDLS Seed Testing and Certification is responsible for administering the industry seed potato production schemes in Western Australia.

  • 20 November 2014

    A pest risk analysis of the biosecurity risks associated with the importation of live bee semen from other Australian states and territories into Western Australia was initiated by the Department o

  • 21 November 2016

    Feeding food scraps (also known as swill or prohibited pig feed) to pigs is illegal in Australia because it could result in the introduction of devastating diseases to pigs and other animals.

  • 24 November 2015

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) regulates stockfeed to safeguard animal and public health and to protect Australia’s market access for livestock produce.

  • 19 September 2016

    Correct labelling of livestock feed is a important part of keeping Western Australia livestock free of harmful chemical residues and free from diseases such as mad cow disease. 

  • 29 March 2016

    Vaccines can prevent a wide range of diseases that cause reduced production, fertility or death in cattle and economic losses to Western Australian producers.

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