Strengthening WA’s Agricultural Biosecurity Defences

 

Strengthening WA’s Agricultural Biosecurity Defences

 

Project Status: In progress

The four year, $20 million Boosting Biosecurity Defences project, being led by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA, is part of the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative. The project aims to increase the protection of Western Australia's agriculture sector from pests and diseases though improved management of biosecurity risks.

Eleven activities are currently being undertaken by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA which will contribute to the improved management of statewide biosecurity risks:

  • Preparation of a State Biosecurity Strategy
  • E-surveillance for pests and diseases in the WA grains industry
  • Surveillance and diagnosis for pests and diseases in the WA grape industry
  • Early detection of emergency animal diseases (EADs)
  • Agricultural weed surveillance in the South West to protect industry profitability
  • Building WA's capacity to respond and recover from emergency pest and disease incidents
  • Awareness and compliance with new biosecurity legislation
  • Biosecurity Research and Development Fund
  • Transforming regional biosecurity response
  • Piloting new techniques to control and eradicate fruit fly
  • Evaluation of wild dog control measures.