Poultry & birds

The poultry industry is an important contributor to the Western Australian agricultural sector producing both meat and eggs. Various breeds are kept in domestic or farm environments.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s (DAFWA) role is to work collaboratively with the industry for early detection of significant, new and emerging diseases and manage chemical residue detections.

If you are considering becoming a commercial egg or chicken meat producer, you must abide by the state and Commonwealth acts and regulations relevant to your business regardless of the type of production system (organic, free to range, barn).

The acts and regulations cover disease control, food health and safety, the environment (odour and noise emissions), water, the sale of food products, agricultural chemicals, veterinary chemicals, poultry manure and animal welfare.

DAFWA has responsibility for animal health (disease prevention, surveillance and eradication or control) and chemical residues. Acts and regulations administered by DAFWA relevant to poultry producers include:



  • 30 March 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has been assisting the pigeon racing and fancying industries in diagnosing and managing disease caused by a rotavirus in pigeons.

  • 28 November 2016

    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.

  • 10 July 2017

    This is a visual guide to a thorough chicken necropsy. Correct necropsy and sampling will increase the likelihood of a definitive diagnosis.

  • 2 December 2016

    This resource is a guide for veterinarians when investigating disease in poultry.

  • 22 September 2017

    These biosecurity guidelines for bird events are designed to assist event organisers and participants to manage the risk of disease spread among birds at shows, sales, displays, competitions and ra

  • 11 September 2017

    Avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds caused by an influenza virus.

  • 10 July 2017

    Newcastle disease is a severe viral disease of poultry and other birds.

  • 10 July 2017

    The threat of Newcastle disease is managed nationally through the National Newcastle Disease Management Plan.

  • 20 February 2017

    Producing chickens or eggs on land treated or contaminated with organochlorines (OC) is not recommended for domestic consumption or commercial purposes.

  • 14 June 2017

    Codes of practice for animal welfare have provided useful guidance about the management and care of animals, mainly livestock.

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