Border controls for Johne's disease susceptible stock entering Western Australia from 1 July 2017

Page last updated: Wednesday, 13 June 2018 - 2:47pm

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Explanatory notes

Acceptable tests for entry to WA

The WA Chief Veterinary Officer has stipulated that testing by HT-J PCR and faecal culture are acceptable tests for check testing, sample testing or herd environmental testing to enter WA. ELISA testing has a low sensitivity and will not be accepted alone as a screening test.

Beef cattle

Beef cattle for export or slaughter

A protocol for beef cattle entering WA to go direct to export or abattoir facilities has been introduced to manage the business models of pastoral beef producers in northern Australia.
These cattle will require a J-BAS 6 or higher, as well as meeting requirements around property eligibility and not being infected or suspected to be infected with JD.

Post-border protocols will be put in place to manage the risk of these animals entering the WA herd.

Beef cattle entering the WA herd

– from Northern Territory:

With the Northern Territory moving to accept J-BAS 6 from 1 July 2017 as their import requirement, the risk of JD in the Northern Territory will increase over time. To accommodate this change, a requirement to meet J-BAS 7 or higher has been introduced. Testing requirements in line with those required for Queensland will be introduced from 1 January 2018.

The timeline for introduction of testing requirements will allow businesses to undertake testing and receive results, including accommodating sampling in extensive production systems, and faecal culture where necessary.

From 1 January 2018, the requirements for beef cattle from the Northern Territory and Queensland will be harmonised.

– from Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia:

J-BAS and testing requirements are designed to maintain a similar level of risk to previous import conditions (equivalent testing as per previous CattleMAP status accepted).

– from Victoria and Tasmania:

J-BAS and testing requirements are designed to maintain a similar level of risk to previous import conditions (equivalent testing as per previous cattleMAP status accepted).

The stipulation of three negative sample tests creates an acceptable level of risk for WA producers importing animals from Victoria and Tasmania, and is in keeping with the previous requirements for CattleMAP MN3.


There are no longer distinctions between dairy and meat breeds. This simplifies the border controls while maintaining as acceptable level of risk.

More information

Bruce Twentyman
Manager, Animal Disease Control, DPIRD
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9363 4127
Mobile: +61 (0)427 712 922

Contact information

Bruce Twentyman
+61 (0)8 9363 4127