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.


  • 5 September 2016

    SheepMAP is a market assurance program designed to provide producers with a source of sheep which are at low risk of having ovine Johne's disease (OJD).

  • 21 June 2016

    Avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds caused by an influenza virus.

  • 7 June 2016

    Ovine Johne's disease (OJD) is a slow-moving, progressive disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium paratuberculosis.

  • 23 May 2016

    Within Western Australia some areas may have pests, diseases or weeds established that are not found elsewhere within the state.

  • 21 November 2016

    Ovine Johne's disease (OJD) is a chronic, incurable, intestinal disease that affects sheep and sometimes goats and deer. It causes weight loss and death in older sheep.

  • 1 July 2016

    This article deals with recognising wild dog (including dingoes, feral domestic dogs and their hybrids) damage to sheep found dead or injured.

  • 30 November 2016

    Vaccination is an important control tool in managing infected flocks and high risk areas or enterprises.

  • 23 November 2016

    Australia is free of many infectious horse diseases, sparing horse owners from costly disease control. The occurrence of an emergency horse disease could severely restrict horse movements, racing a

  • 25 November 2016

    Pig owners play a vital role in maintaining Western Australia's high animal health status and reputation as a producer of quality livestock and livestock products.

  • 27 November 2014

    GrainGuard is a coordinated and cooperative strategic approach between the grain industry and the Western Australian Government.

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