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

    Salmonellosis of sheep is an infectious bacterial disease causing illness and death. It results from proliferation of salmonella bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and other organs.

  • 28 November 2016

    Scabby mouth is a viral disease of sheep and goats that causes scabs and pustules, usually around the mouth and face of affected animals.

  • 28 November 2016

    Selenium and vitamin E are essential in sheep diets, and work together to prevent and repair cell damage in the body.

  • 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.

  • 20 October 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) proposes to extend the State Barrier Fence eastwards from its current termination point near Ravensthorpe, extending north around S

  • 30 November 2016

    All cattle in Western Australia (WA) are required to be earmarked or branded by the age of six months in the south west and by 18 months in the north, or before leaving the property, whichever occu

  • 31 March 2016

    There are many infectious emergency diseases of pigs that do not occur in Australia.

  • 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.

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