Emergency response

Under State Emergency Management arrangements the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is the Hazard Management Agency (HMA) for emergency management of significant:

  • animal pest or disease
  • plant pest or disease.

DAFWA has a lead role in emergency prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

Depending on the type and severity, an outbreak could cause significant damage to property, the environment and harm humans and industry.

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  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has removed all known citrus host material from Restricted Areas in Kununurra and Wyndham.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has taken action to protect Western Australia’s citrus growers from the threat of citrus canker.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has taken action to protect Western Australia’s citrus growers from the threat of citrus canker following confirmation that the disease

  • Queensland fruit fly is not present in Western Australia, but is occasionally detected and requires an eradication response to contain and prevent further spread.

  • Fire, flood and drought can result in large numbers of dead farm animals which need to be disposed of safely.

  • Businesses and residents in the Jandakot area are asked to keep an eye out for Brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) following detection in imported cargo at a local warehouse.

  • A pest risk assessment of pests with reported occurrences in Australia but which have not established in Western Australia (WA) found 45 pests that were considered priority pest threats to the viti

  • In 2015, a review of pest organisms recorded in Australia with an association with grapevines, identified over 250 that have not yet established in Western Australia.

  • Proper management of animals during a bushfire is dependent on being prepared and having proper plans in place for fire response and recovery.

  • Following an emergency event, efforts should be concentrated on returning animals to their properties in good health. These include livestock, horses, companion animals and wildlife.

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