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

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has been assisting the pigeon racing and fancying industries in diagnosing and managing disease caused by a rotavirus in pigeons.

  • White spot is a highly contagious viral infection that affects all crustacean. Import requirements are now in place to prevent the disease entering WA. Report signs of white spot immediately to the

  • In 2015, a review of pest organisms recorded in Australia with an association with grapevines, identified over 250 that have not yet established in Western Australia.

  • DAFWA places a high priority on emergency preparedness and response to safeguard our agricultural industries.

  • Proper management of animals during a bushfire is dependent on being prepared and having proper plans in place for fire response and recovery.

  • Following an emergency event, efforts should be concentrated on returning animals to their properties in good health. These include livestock, horses, companion animals and wildlife.

  • It is the responsibility of landholders to ensure that animals are kept safe in the event of an emergency.

  • It is the responsibility of landholders to properly plan for emergencies in order to keep their animals safe. These include livestock, horses, companion animals and wildlife.

  • Western Australia is free of many diseases that are endemic to other areas in Australia.

  • The department is reviewing its policy in regards to the import of washed ware potatoes from other Australian states and territories.

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