Conditions of entry of stock in relation to tick in Western Australia

Page last updated: Wednesday, 19 December 2018 - 7:31am

In Western Australia, any movement of stock from any area (both interstate and intrastate) other than a cattle tick free area requires approved tick treatment, supervised inspection and clearance certification from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) before the movement.

This map shows the tick infected area of Western Australia

Interstate movement from a cattle tick infected area

The form Health Certificate for Movement of Stock to Western Australia LB1 has the current requirements for stock being brought into WA. See also the webpage Importing livestock into Western Australia for the required documentation.

  • cattle and buffalo moving from a cattle tick infected area must have an approved treatment for tick followed within 3-7 days by a clean inspection and a supervised treatment by a DPIRD inspector immediately before movement
  • stock, other than cattle and buffalo, being moved from a cattle tick infected area, must be inspected and certified free of cattle tick and undergo an approved treatment supervised by a DPIRD inspector before movement
  • stock from a property in the Northern Territory not under movement restrictions due to chemical-resistant tick may move into the cattle tick infected area of WA without treatment or inspection for tick.

Intrastate movement of cattle and buffalo from the tick infected area of WA

Below are requirements for moving cattle and buffalo from the tick infected area of WA:

  • cattle and buffalo moving to the tick free area of WA, except for immediate slaughter or export, must have an approved plunge treatment for tick and, within 3-7 days, a clean inspection and a treatment supervised by a DPIRD inspector immediately (24 hours) before movement. Cattle found to be infected with ticks must be retreated within 3-7 days of the previous treatment. See form LB 16 Declaration of treatment for more details.
  • cattle and buffalo moving to the tick free area direct to lairage for immediate slaughter must have either a clean inspection followed by a supervised plunge treatment immediately (24 hours) before movement or a supervised plunge treatment followed within 1-3 days by a clean inspection immediately (24 hours) before movement. Cattle found to be infected with tick must be retreated within three to seven days of the previous treatment.
  • cattle and buffalo moving to the tick free area direct to wharf for export must have either a clean inspection followed by a supervised treatment immediately (24 hours) before movement or a supervised plunge treatment followed within 1-3 days by a clean inspection immediately (24 hours) before movement. Cattle found to be infected with ticks must be retreated within three to seven days of the previous treatment. Cattle not loaded within four days of a supervised treatment must either move under permit direct to lairage for immediate slaughter, return immediately to the tick infected area under permit or have an immediate supervised treatment for tick.

Definitions and rules - cattle and buffalo

  • The tick infected area of WA is that area above latitude 20S not including Balgo (Ngulubi), Billiluna and Wallal.
  • Cattle entering WA via a tick infected area to move to a tick free area, that are unloaded and reloaded in the tick infected area, must undergo a treatment supervised by a DPIRD inspector and move immediately (within 24 hours) to the tick free area.
  • Cattle presented for the clearance inspection are to be accompanied by the LB 16 Declaration of treatment, which specifies the product(s) applied, date(s) of application and identity of animals treated, and is to be signed by the owner or person in charge of the stock.
  • More than one preliminary treatment may be required to kill all tick, especially on long-haired, heavily infested Shorthorn cattle.
  • Viable cattle tick are those from which fluid can be expressed.
  • Dipped cattle must be identified and kept separate from untreated cattle and cattle treated on a different day.
  • Cattle on which tick are found during clearance inspection must treated and be presented for a further clearance inspection between three and seven days later.
  • Clearance treatments are supervised by a DPIRD inspector and are to be by plunge dipping in a DPIRD-approved clearance dip.
  • Treated cattle being consigned to slaughter must meet export slaughter intervals and withholding periods. All treatment regimes must comply with registered use patterns unless a permit from the National Registration Authority is obtained.
  • When clearing cattle moving from the tick infected area of WA to the tick free area of WA, the DPIRD inspector will make a decision to either inspect cattle first or treat under supervision then inspect the cattle, based on details provided in the accompanying Declaration of treatment.
  • Slaughter cattle moving to the tick free area of WA must be slaughtered within four days of the last approved tick treatment. If this condition cannot be met, the owner or person in charge of the cattle must immediately notify a DPIRD inspector. The cattle will be treated for tick under a regime approved by the DPIRD Director of Livestock Biosecurity or delegate.
  • Movement of slaughter cattle is to approved abattoirs only. On arrival, cattle must be held on a bare lairage surface and adjacent cattle must be moving direct to slaughter only. Where a backlog of cattle occurs in the lairage, DPIRD Inspectors will be notified and must suspend further permits for cattle to leave the Kimberley until the backlog is cleared.
  • Cattle tick found on an animal are to be shown by the DPIRD inspector to the owner or person in charge of the animals, ideally before removal from the beast.
  • Decks of trucks used to transport stock within the cattle tick infected area which are being moved to the tick free area must be sprayed with an acaricide or washed clean of all foreign material.

Intrastate movement of horses from the tick infected area

  • Equines moving to the tick free area must have a clean inspection and a supervised treatment immediately (24 hours) before movement.

Definitions and rules - horses

  • The tick infected area of WA is that area above latitude 20S not including Balgo (Ngulubi), Billiluna and Wallal.
  • Viable cattle tick are those from which fluid can be expressed.
  • Clearance treatments are supervised by a DPIRD inspector and are to be by spray treatment with a DPIRD-approved treatment.
  • Decks of trucks used to transport stock within the cattle tick infected area moving to the tick free area must be sprayed with an acaricide or washed clean of all foreign material.

Inspection charges

Service fees and charges exist for livestock inspections.

More information

More information can be found by visiting the webpage Importing livestock into Western Australia and in the 'See also' links to the right of this page.

Contact information

Bruce Twentyman
+61 (0)8 9363 4127