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

  • 9 December 2016

    Ampelovirus Little cherry virus 2 (LChV-2) is one cause of little cherry disease (LCD) and is an exotic pest to Western Australia.

  • 9 December 2016

    Septoria spot of citrus (Septoria citri) is an exotic disease to Western Australia. It is a serious pest that causes fruit blemishes, affecting saleability for the fresh fruit market.

  • 25 November 2016

    Western Australia is free from many pests and diseases that may be carried on seed. Many seeds themselves may also pose a threat of becoming a weed in our state.

  • 5 May 2016

    The large volume of coastal cargo entering Western Australia from other states and territories poses an increasing risk to our state.

  • 22 August 2016

    This web page is part of the Bait and poison directory for vertebrate pests in Western Australia.

  • 9 December 2016

    Citrus black spot (Guignardia citricarpa) is a fungal disease of citrus trees that can affect external fruit quality. This disease is not known to occur in Western Australia.

  • 27 May 2016

    WeedWatcher has been retired and replaced by MyWeedWatcher. Use MyWeedWatcher to record community surveillance of weeds.

  • 9 December 2016

    Citrus black spot is caused by the fungus Guignardia citricarpa. It is not known to occur in Western Australia, but is found in other parts of Australia.

  • 8 August 2014

    Some aquatic plants used in ponds and aquariums are highly invasive and have become serious weeds in natural waterways.

  • 10 October 2016

    Codling moth (Cydia pomonella) is a serious pest of apples and other pome fruit and has the potential to cause severe crop losses. This pest is not known to occur in Western Australia.

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