Legislation and regulation

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On behalf of the Minister for Agriculture and Food, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is responsible for managing a range of legislation to ensure high-quality food production, environmental conservation, animal welfare, and sound biosecurity and agricultural management in Western Australia.

Administering legislation

The legislation consists of the Acts listed below and regulations and other subsidiary legislation made under those Acts. Up-to-date copies of all legislation can be accessed from the State Law Publisher website.

DAFWA's approach to compliance with, and enforcement of legislation that the department administers is outlined in the Compliance, enforcement and prosecution policy.

The Minister for Agriculture and Food is responsible for administering the following Acts:

  • Aerial Spraying Control Act 1966

  • Agricultural Produce Commission Act 1988

  • Agriculture and Related Resources Protection Act 1976

  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Taxing) Act 1995

  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (WA) Act 1995

  • Animal Welfare Act 2002 

  • Biological Control Act 1986

  • Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007

  • Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Rates and Charges Act 2007

  • Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Repeal and Consequential Provisions) Act 2007

  • Bulk Handling Act 1967

  • Exotic Diseases of Animals Act 1993

  • Gene Technology Act 2006

  • Industrial Hemp Act 2004

  • Loans (Co-operative Companies) Act 2004

  • Marketing of Potatoes Act 1946

  • Ord River Dam Catchment Area (Straying Cattle) Act 1967

  • Royal Agricultural Society Act 1926

  • Royal Agricultural Society Act Amendment Act 1929

  • Rural Business Development Corporation Act 2000

  • Soil and Land Conservation Act 1945

  • Tree Plantation Agreements Act 2003

  • Veterinary Chemical Control and Animal Feeding Stuffs Act 1976

  • Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960

  • Western Australian Meat Industry Authority Act 1976

Contact information

DAFWA Enquiries
+61 (0)8 9368 3333
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