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.


  • 28 November 2016

    The poultry biosecurity checklist summarises the actions needed to protect your poultry and the Western Australian poultry industry from the devastating effects of emergency diseases such as avian

  • 21 November 2016

    Mastitis is the term for a bacterial infection of the udder. It is most common in ewes raising multiple lambs or with high milk production.

  • 2 December 2016

    The National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP) monitors the distribution of economically important insect-borne viruses of livestock and their vectors.

  • 25 November 2016

    Western Australia has a relatively disease-free status compared with the rest of the world.

  • 4 May 2016

    Ovine Johne's disease (OJD) is a serious wasting disease that affects mainly sheep, and to a lesser extent goats.

  • 12 May 2016

    Ovine Johne's disease (OJD) is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (commonly referred to as Mycobacterium paratuberculosis).

  • 30 November 2016

    Western Australia has a mandatory livestock ownership, identification and movement system.

  • 1 July 2016

    Wild dogs (all wild-living dogs including pure-bred dingoes, hybrids, and domestic dogs running wild) are a major pest species impacting on grazing industries across mainland Australia.

  • 25 August 2016

    Control methods for wild dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) - declared pests in Western Australia.

  • 1 July 2016

    Inspection of the intestines and associated lymph nodes of adult sheep is one of the most sensitive and cost-effective ways of detecting early ovine Johne's disease (OJD) infection on a property.

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