Floods, storms and cyclones

Western Australia is vulnerable to floods, storms and cyclones.

These hazards can cause serious damage to property and infrastructure, including livestock and crop loss, water contamination, increased susceptibility of livestock to disease, and erosion.

Learning how to prepare your agricultural business and how to manage the outcomes will minimise any short and long-term negative impacts, and improve chances of a speedy recovery.

Landholders looking for support and advice should in the first instance contact the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

DFES is WA’s leading hazard management agency, and provides safety information, as well as emergency and support contacts.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development can assist with damage assessment of agricultural properties and provide advice on recovery management.


  • Western Australia's (WA) climate has changed over the last century, particularly over the last 50 years. Average temperature has risen about 1°C.

  • Cyclones, storms and floods can result in contamination of water bodies, loss of harvest or livestock, increased susceptibility of livestock to disease, and destruction of irrigation systems and ot

  • Managing farm biosecurity following a fire, flood or dry season is a balance of caring for livestock and paddocks while limiting the introduction of new pests, diseases or weeds onto the property.