Biosecurity & quarantine

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) works with primary industries to safeguard our agricultural resources from biological threats and to maintain our export opportunities.

The State’s reputation is underpinned by a comprehensive biosecurity and quarantine system, developed and operated by DAFWA.

DAFWA is involved with:

  • creation of surveillance and diagnostic programs
  • animal and plant risk assessments
  • importing and exporting requirements
  • creating mechanisms to respond to incursions
  • livestock movement and identification
  • development and maintenance of biosecurity and quarantine legislation.

To find out more about what we do to protect agricultural production and export opportunities within the State please search our website.

Articles

  • There are two forms of footrot in sheep and goats: virulent and benign. They are caused by infection with different strains of the bacterium, Dichelobacter nodosus.

  • Browsing ant, Lepisiota frauenfeldi, is an invasive, exotic ant that will thrive under Australian conditions?and has been declared a pest of national significance.

  • African clubmoss (Selaginella kraussiana), also known as Selaginella, or spreading clubmoss, is an invasive fern ally that forms extensive dense carpets in damp sites.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is currently responding to an outbreak of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) in Perth's western suburbs.

  • The European wasp is considered one of the worst wasps in the world -?harmful to people, our outdoor lifestyle?and to our horticultural and agricultural industries.

  • During Biosecurity Blitz 2020 and again in April 2021 the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is providing Western Australians with an opportunity to help look for inv

  • The movement of plants and?plants products to and from certain areas within Western Australia may be?restricted.?Conditions need to be met to prevent the risk of introduction of pests to agricultur

  • Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) is considered?one of the most destructive diseases of banana plants?worldwide.

  • Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) is considered?one of the most destructive diseases of banana plants?worldwide. It is caused by the soil-borne fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp.

  • Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) is one of the most serious pests of stored grain products, especially under hot and dry conditions.

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