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

  • Some of the world’s safest meat, milk and fibre products are produced here in Western Australia. WA farmers produce safe food by keeping their livestock free of harmful residues.

  • 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.

  • Johne's disease (JD) in cattle is a regulated disease in Western Australia.

  • Bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) is an infectious disease of cattle that can also affect other ruminants such as deer, sheep, goats and alpacas.

  • Johne’s disease (JD) is an incurable infectious disease of ruminants including cattle, sheep, goats, alpaca and deer. It causes chronic diarrhoea and wasting, which eventually leads to death.

  • 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

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

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, acts as the Registrar for the Industrial Hemp Act 2004 in Western Australia.

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

  • 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

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