Genetic modification

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) conducts research, development and extension activities in collaboration with industry partners to improve the productivity and profitability of Western Australian (WA) Grain Growers.

DAFWA is part of the nationally consistent regulatory system that underpins and enhances Australia's and Western Australia's (WA) use of safe regulatory approved genetically modified organisms.

The value of Australia’s production and export of grains is dependent on maintaining the competitiveness of WA grains growers. Grain grower’s need access to the most productive new crop varieties to maintain their international competitiveness and genetic modification is a type of plant breeding that can deliver new improved varieties.

DAFWA manages the New Genes for New Environments’ research facilities in Merredin and Katanning. These facilities were designed to enable the evaluation of the world’s best candidate genetically modified traits from both public and private research organisations under Western Australian conditions in a highly contained and safe testing environment. The ‘New Genes for New Environments’ initiative compliments the Managed Environment Facility and together both facilities will improve the long-term profitability of the grains industry by facilitating the adoption of new climate-adapted crops.


  • 14 December 2016

    New Genes for New Environments research facilities at Merredin and Katanning provide relevant field conditions for Genetically Modified crop evaluation trials in Western Australia under contrasting

  • 18 January 2017

    This page explains what potential clients have to do to undertake genetically modified (GM) research trials at the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australa's (DAFWA) New Genes for New E

  • 14 October 2015

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia's (DAFWA) New Genes for New Environments (NGNE) initiative is designed to enable evaluation of the world’s best candidate genetic modificat

  • 23 November 2016

    This page describes the role and responsibilities of the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia's Institutional Biosafety Committee.

  • 16 December 2015

    Genetically Modified (GM) crops are playing an increasingly important role in farming systems around the world.

  • 23 November 2016

    Gene Technology and genetic modification of crops is a rapidly evolving science. Here we provide some of the more recent developments of importance to Western Australian agriculture.

  • 14 December 2016

    This page provides links to science-based evidence on genetically modified crops.

  • 16 December 2015

    Genetic modification (GM) is the use of modern biotechnology techniques to change the genes of an organism, such as a plant or animal.

  • 16 June 2015

    Western Australian growers need to manage risk associated with grain production.  Yield penalties are becoming common due to drought, frost and disease incidences in WA.  Wheat varieties with super

  • 17 December 2015

    This page contains information on commercial and experimental plantings of genetically modified (GM) crops carried in the past and present in Western Australia.