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Notifiable incidents

Notifiable incidents

A notifiable incident is a biosecurity event that you must report to an inspector by calling 13 25 23 and completing the Advice of notifiable incident form (PDF, 1.1MB).

Examples of notifiable incidents may include:

  • unexpected crop failures    
  • unacceptable contaminant levels    
  • blisters on the mouth or feet of stock    
  • abnormally high mortality or morbidity rates in animals or plants    
  • a sudden and unexplained fall in production    
  • a contaminant (e.g. heavy metals, asbestos, residual organochlorine pesticides or pathogenic bacteria) above a prescribed threshold.    

When should you notify an inspector?

You have to advise an inspector of a notifiable incident immediately when you:

  • become aware of the incident    
  • believe that the incident is a notifiable incident or should reasonably believe the incident is a notifiable incident    
  • have no reason to believe an inspector is already aware of the incident.    

What actions should you take?

You should:

  • not take any action likely to increase the risk (e.g. moving or disturbing the animal, plant or thing that is showing signs of the notifiable incident)    
  • take all reasonable action to minimise the risk (e.g. contain the animal, plant or thing to prevent spread)    
  • provide any documents or reports about the incident as soon as possible after notifying an inspector.