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.


  • The exotic brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) is not established in Australia and poses a considerable threat to our agricultural industries.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is responding to the detection of an adult female Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) in a department surveillance trap.

  • 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.

  • It is the responsibility of landholders to ensure that animals are kept safe in the event of an emergency.

  • It is the responsibility of landholders to properly plan for emergencies in order to keep their animals safe. These include livestock, horses, companion animals and wildlife.

  • Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) is a wood-boring pest that usually targets deciduous hardwood trees such as elm, willow, poplar, maple and a variety of fruit trees.

  • DDLS - Plant pathology (formerly part of AGWEST Plant Laboratories) is a service area under the Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DDLS). 

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