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.


  • Build capacity to respond and recover from emergency pests and diseases was part of the Boosting Biosecurity Defences project funded by Royalties for Regions and led by the Department of Primary In

  • 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.

  • Antimicrobial resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an increasing range of infections in humans and animals caused by bacteria, parasites and viruses.

  • Western Australia is free from many diseases that financially impact livestock producers, including horse owners, in eastern Australia.

  • This Management Guide has been designed to assist landholders and increase their capacity to manage and eradicate skeleton weed infestations on their properties and to prevent its further spread wi

  • 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

  • Goats in Western Australia are required to be identified by the age of six months or before they leave the property of birth, whichever occurs first.

  • High priority invasive species are defined in the Department of Agriculture and Food's Invasive Species Plan for Western Australia as high risk species that can establish widely and cause undesirab

  • Caution: Anthrax is a serious zoonotic disease.

  • Anthrax is a bacterial disease of animals, most commonly seen in cattle, sheep and goats.

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