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.


  • 27 November 2014

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

  • 21 November 2016

    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.

  • 28 November 2016

    Early recognition of disease is one of the most important factors influencing the control of disease and the reduction of its impact on industry and the community.

  • 30 November 2016

    More than 60 livestock industries and government representatives joined forces on 2 May 2014 in Perth to work through their respective sectors’ preparedness to communicate and implement a national

  • 7 December 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has commenced a three and a half-year project to strengthen the State’s biosecurity defences and underpin efforts by industry to ca

  • 21 December 2016

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has resources available to support you in managing affected livestock and stock feed, as well as pasture and land recovery, in the

  • 1 July 2016

    The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 requires that certain diseases must be reported to the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) if they are known o

  • 14 March 2016

    Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) has been successfully eradicated from Perth's Alfred Cove suburb.

  • 22 July 2016

    DDLS - Plant pathology (formerly part of AGWEST Plant Laboratories) is a service area under the DAFWA Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DDLS) - an amalgamation of DAFWA plant and animal laboratory an

  • 22 August 2016

    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.

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