Media statement: Biosecurity actions in Jandakot, Western Australia

23 February 2018

(Issued by Department of Agriculture)

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is conducting biosecurity actions at a warehouse in Jandakot, Western Australia, to ensure Australia’s strong biosecurity status is maintained.

Spraying and surveillance has been conducted and further biosecurity measures will be considered, as surveillance results become available.

The actions are in response to a detection of live and dead brown marmorated stink bugs in imported cargo.

Brown marmorated stink bug is a significant horticultural pest that can impact on agricultural crops and ornamental plants. They are most frequently found on goods arriving in Australia between September and April.

Australia has strict import conditions, as well as measures offshore, at the border and onshore to manage biosecurity risks. Established response plans are also in place to effectively manage biosecurity pest detections.