Boosting Biosecurity Defences: Royalties for Regions

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has been conducting a three and a half-year project to strengthen the State’s biosecurity defences and underpin efforts by industry to capture a share of growing international demand for agriculture and food.


Project background

The $20 million Boosting Biosecurity Defences project is funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, as part of the Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative. The project is supported by leveraged funds from Horticulture Australia Limited, Carnarvon Growers Association, the Council of Graingrower Organisations, State NRM, as well as DPIRD in-kind.

To keep informed of the latest Boosting Biosecurity Defence achievements, visit the Boosting Biosecurity Defences media hub.

Project summary

The project is improving the management of biosecurity risks in WA by:

  • enhancing surveillance
  • boosting response and recovery systems
  • supporting the community to address biosecurity threats.

The wide-ranging project addresses early detection of declared pests and diseases, preparedness to respond to incursions of significant pests and diseases, awareness and compliance with new legislation, community engagement and the adoption of new technology.

These activities will protect the State’s enviable biosecurity reputation, which is crucial to securing access to valuable export markets. 

This project will also demonstrate the State Government’s commitment to complying with the conditions of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity 2012.

Project aims

The project aims to achieve the following outcomes:


Contact information

Rosalie McCauley
+61 (0)8 9368 3787
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