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 Primary Industries and Regional Development role is to work collaboratively with the industry for early detection of significant, new and emerging diseases and manage chemical residue detections.

Commercial egg or chicken meat producers must abide by the state and Commonwealth acts and regulations relevant to their 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.

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


  • The stickfast flea, first recorded in Western Australia (WA) at Geraldton in 1913, is now a common disease in backyard poultry flocks, especially during summer.

  • 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.

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

  • Legislation regulating the poultry industry covers a wide array of issues ranging from disease control, food health and safety, the environment (odour and noise emissions), to agricultural chemical

  • Pigeon rotavirus was first detected in Western Australia as a result of investigation of a disease outbreak in racing pigeons in May and June 2016.

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

  • The following resources have been produced by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to assist veterinarians in selecting and preparing samples and conducting livesto

  • The poultry biosecurity checklist summarises the actions needed to protect your poultry and the Western Australian poultry industry from the devastating effects of emergency diseases such as avian

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

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

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