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

  • Bacterial wilt of lucerne (Clavibacter insidiosus) is a disease that reduces the lifespan and productivity of lucerne stands. It also makes lucerne crops hard to establish.

  • The Biosecurity Blitz is back in 2022, with a special focus this year on reporting tree pests and diseases.

  • Maps of Restricted Movement Zones (RMZ) are current and are subject to change. Please check back regularly.

  • The Plant and Plant Product Traceability Project commenced in 2021, and is part of a national initiative to improve traceability within the agricultural sectors.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's Quarantine WA service works hard to prevent the introduction of exotic pests, diseases and weeds found in other states and territorie

  • Western Australia is free of most of the significant diseases that affect animals in other parts of the world.

  • Serpentine leaf miner (Liriomyza huidobrensis) is a tiny fly whose larvae (grubs) damage plants by tunnelling through the inside of leaves.

  • Western Australia has in place conditions for the importation of seeds to avoid the introduction of pest and diseases into the State. This page summarises seed import requirements and conditions an

  • Green snail (Cornu apertus) is a declared pest under section 22 of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007.

  • 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.

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