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

  • In 2016 an industry-led Wild Dog Action Plan (WDAP) was released, which identifies the key issues for managing wild dogs across Western Australia.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are investing staff time and funds into controlling Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) in Carnarvon through an eradication pilot

  • White rot of Allium species (caused by Sclerotium cepivorum) has been confirmed in garlic from a Perth backyard and a property in the Swan Valley.

  • The preferred approach to management and regulation of widespread and established weeds is through a community coordinated approach.

  • Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) are a newly approved method of deploying 1080 to wild canids (foxes and wild dogs) in Western Australia. 

  • Through the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act), Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) can receive funding from the Declared Pest Account which consists of funds raise

  • 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.

  • Brucellosis is an economically important bacterial disease of animals that can also affect people.

  • DDLS - Plant pathology (formerly part of AGWEST Plant Laboratories) is a service area under the Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DDLS). 

  • This page lists the application for various permits regarding the management and control of declared vertebrate pests, as well as applications for the assessment of keeping and importing vertebrate

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