Emergency response

Under State Emergency Management arrangements the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is the Hazard Management Agency (HMA) for emergency management of significant:

  • animal pest or disease
  • plant pest or disease.

DPIRD 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.

Under the State Emergency Management Policy statement 5.9.7, DPIRD also has the role and responsibility for coordinating animal welfare services in emergencies as outlined in the State Support Plan - Animal Welfare in Emergencies (interim).


  • A biosecurity response to protect the State’s valuable agriculture sector and home gardens from the pest has been underway since March 2023 when Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) was discovered in Bayswa

  • The Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (known as DRFAWA) commenced as of 1 November 2018 and provide a range of measures designed to help those within disaster affected communities. 

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is providing free tree care tags to nurseries for use on Qfly host plants.

  • Red imported fire ant (RIFA), Solenopsis invicta, is one of the most serious and invasive ant pests in the world, because of its harmful effects on people, agriculture, flora and fauna, in

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

  • DDLS - Plant Pathology Laboratories charges for the services it provides.

  • Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is not found in Australia, but poses a high biosecurity risk due to their tendency to hitchhike in sea cargo and their highly mobile nature.

  • A national livestock standstill is when it is nationally agreed that specific livestock species affected by an emergency disease must not be moved.

  • Following diagnosis or strong suspicion of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), state and territory governments will implement a livestock standstill across Australia, including in unaffected regions.

  • Western Australian businesses and community members are encouraged to report any unfamiliar or suspicious animal or plant pest or disease or weed.

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