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Emergency & Biosecurity Response

In times of emergency and disruptions, the GGA network has previously been engaged to assist in an on-ground outreach and logistics capacity in various ways. Examples of recent events where grower groups have been engaged to take on a role have included the Esperance fires (2015), Cyclone Seroja (2021), the Wickepin and Corrigin fires (2022), and more.

Whilst not a complete list, this curated collection of key resources aims to support groups with a familiar gateway to access extension material and resources which ranked as the third highest need request in the 2022 GGA network wide member survey.

Emergency Contacts

Life-threatening emergency |000 (used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance service in life threatening or emergency situations)

SES emergency assistance |132 500 (The State Emergency Service (SES) is a volunteer division of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Western Australia’s leading Hazard Management Agency (HMA) for natural disasters.)

General emergency information |133 337 (DFES public information line)

For more information on which number to contact and when, visit the State Government’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services here.

Emergency WA website

Emergency WA is the State’s official website for community warnings and other emergency management information for bushfires, storms, cyclones, floods etc. Access this resource here.

WA’s Rural Support Directory

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) provides this information to help people in the rural areas of Western Australia find support and assistance to deal with stressful situations. Access a copy here.

State Management Plans

State Emergency Management Framework

View the State Emergency Management Framework here.

State Hazard Plan

State Hazard Plan for Animal and Plant Biosecurity. Download it here.

State Support Plan

State Support Plan for Animal Welfare in Emergencies. Download it here.

State Support Plan Emergency Welfare (Interim)

State Support Plan Emergency Welfare (Interim). Download it here.

Biosecurity Threats & Responses

Recognised Biosecurity Groups of WA

Connect with your local biosecurity group here.

Foot & Mouth Briefing for Grower Groups

This video is restricted to GGA Network Members here.

Disease threats/responses

Foot-and-mouth and Lumpy Skin Disease – DPIRD updates here.

Pest threats/responses

Queensland Fruit Fly Bayswater response DPIRD updates here.

National Biosecurity Strategy

The National Biosecurity Strategy provides a collective vision for Australia’s future biosecurity system – a biosecurity system that protects Australia’s way of life. The strategy, which is endorsed by all agriculture ministers, was released on 9 August 2022. Download it here.

International Biosecurity

Visit the World Organisation for Animal Health here.

Learning & Development

Animal Health Australia

Browse the online training resources here.

Plant Health Australia

Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) platform. Access e-learning courses here.


Emergency Management Funding

Grants portal here.

Funding and Support Information

Grants portal here.

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements

Visit the DFES recovery webpage here.

Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements – Activated Events

Visit the DFES recovery webpage here.

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The best GGA contact for this body of extension work is Alison Lacey alacey@gga.org.au


Posted on

08 Aug 2023