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

  • Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) is a very damaging virus disease of tomato crops in tropical and warm temperate regions of the world, causing losses of up to 100%.

  • The following fact sheets on heatwaves are available to help owners and carers of animals prepare for emergencies.

  • The following fact sheets on storms are available to help owners and carers of animals prepare for emergencies.

  • The following fact sheets on flood are available to help owners and carers of animals prepare for emergencies.

  • The following fact sheets on cyclone are available to help owners and carers of animals prepare for emergencies.

  • The following fact sheets on bushfires are available to help owners and carers of animals prepare for emergencies.

  • At times such as during drought, sheep and cattle are subject to dramatic loss in body condition due to reduced feed intake.

  • Pigeon paramyxovirus type 1 (PPMV1) is a contagious viral disease affecting pigeons. It was first detected in Australia in 2011 and is present in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

  • Tomato potato pysllid (TPP) is a tiny sap-sucking insect that on feeds on tomato, potato, capsicum, chilli, goji berry, tamarillo, eggplant and sweet potato.

  • Western Australia remains relatively free of pests and diseases that adversely affect our agricultural industries and environment.

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