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.


  • 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

  • 10 October 2016

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

  • 1 July 2016

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

  • 1 July 2016

    Western Australia has a Bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) negligible disease prevalence. Surveillance is important to provide evidence of this dcontinued level of prevalence.

  • 24 November 2016

    Western Australia was a bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) Free Zone under the previous National Johne's Disease Control Program. This changed on 1 July 2016 with the implementation of the new nationally

  • 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.

  • 12 March 2016

    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.

  • 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. 

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