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.


  • 16 December 2015

    Classical rabies occurs in most parts of the world but is exotic to Australia. Biosecurity Australia has border strategies to minimise the risk of classical rabies entering Australia.

  • 25 November 2016

    In Western Australia, all owners of livestock are legally required to register with the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) Brands Office. This includes beekeepers.

  • 3 June 2016

    Information on how to collect a specimen, where to send it for identification and the precautions to consider before collecting any plant or animal specimens.

  • 28 November 2016

    Early recognition of disease is one of the most important factors influencing the control of disease and the reduction of its impact on industry and the community.

  • 30 November 2016

    Horse owners are required to be registered as owners of livestock and have a current property identification code (PIC) for the property/ies they keep their horses on.

  • 29 August 2016

    Hendra virus is an emergency animal disease transmitted to horses by flying foxes (fruit bats).

  • 21 June 2016

    Legislation regulating the poultry industry covers a wide array of issues ranging from disease control, food health and safety, the environment (odour and noise emissions), to agricultural chemical

  • 30 November 2016

    Whenever livestock leave a property, movement documentation must be provided.

  • 21 June 2016

    In Western Australia, commercial poultry owners must comply with surveillance, reporting and biosecurity requirements in order to reduce the risk of Newcastle disease being introduced to their floc

  • 4 March 2016

    Little cherry disease [Ampelovirus Little cherry virus 2 (LChV-2)] is a serious pest of cherries that can affect fruit development and quality.

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