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

  • For many years the import of fresh table grapes into Western Australia was banned due to the possibility of introducing certain important pests and diseases.

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia has issued a final policy review regarding the importation of fresh table grape bunches (Vitis spp.) from other Australian states

  • Banana freckle, the fungal disease caused by Phyllosticta cavendishii, is a serious pest of Cavendish bananas that can affect their commercial value and marketability.

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), which includes Quarantine WA, inspects animals arriving at Perth Domestic Airport, regional airports and quarantine road checkpoin

  • Radish flea beetle (Phyllotreta chotanica Duvivier 1892) is present throughout Asia and feeds on the leaves of cruciferous crops such as cauliflower, cabbage, cress, bok choy, broccoli and

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

  • A pest risk analysis of the biosecurity risks associated with the importation of live bee semen from other Australian states and territories into Western Australia was initiated by the Department o

  • Septoria spot (Septoria citri) is a serious pest of citrus that can affect external fruit quality. This pest is not known to occur in Western Australia.

  • Grape phylloxera, Daktulosphaira vitifoliae, is a major pest in all grape growing countries around the world.

  • Some aquatic plants used in ponds and aquariums are highly invasive and have become serious weeds in natural waterways.

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