Biosecurity & quarantine

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) works with primary industries to safeguard our agricultural resources from biological threats and to maintain our export opportunities.

The State’s reputation is underpinned by a comprehensive biosecurity and quarantine system, developed and operated by DAFWA.

DAFWA is involved with:

  • creation of surveillance and diagnostic programs
  • animal and plant risk assessments
  • importing and exporting requirements
  • creating mechanisms to respond to incursions
  • livestock movement and identification
  • development and maintenance of biosecurity and quarantine legislation.

To find out more about what we do to protect agricultural production and export opportunities within the State please search our website.

Articles

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

  • The recent listeria food safety warning around rockmelons on the east coast of Australia does not apply to Western Australia.

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

  • Agistment is an option for removing livestock from a property, for a number of reasons – after a fire, when paddock feed is inadequate, to spell pastures, or to finish livestock for sale on better

  • Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestimun) is a subtropical perennial grass with spring to autumn growth.

  • The Final Tranche of recipients has been announced, as part of Round One of the State Government's successful Digital Farm Grants Program.

  • Identification of livestock is required by law under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Movement of Stock and Apiaries) Regulations 2013 [BAM (IMSA) Regulations].

  •  ‘One Health’ is an internationally supported approach that recognises that the health and well-being of animals, people and the environment are closely linked and that international, national and

  • A national best practice control manual has been developed for invasive opuntioid cacti in Australia.

  • Cactus Month is an annual event that takes place during the month of November.

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