Controlling emergency animal diseases

If you suspect an emergency animal disease you must immediately contact one of the following:

  • your local government veterinary officer, Biosecurity inspector or private veterinary practice
  • Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23
  • National Disease Watch hotline on 1800 675 888

If an emergency animal disease is confirmed, Biosecurity Queensland is prepared to mount a response, in most cases based on the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN).

Infected properties will most likey have movement controls imposed to prevent the spread of the infection.

For some emergency animal diseases, a livestock standstill may be imposed, stopping livestock from moving across a large area of the country. This would then be replaced with restricted and control areas where specific and purposeful control, containment and eradication activities are implemented, generally with a view to eradicating the disease.

Control measures taken will depend on the particular animal disease involved. Under some circumstances compensation for animals and property destroyed is available at agreed industry rates. Compensation may be withheld if a person causes or contributed to the outbreak by acting illegally or irresponsibly. Vaccines are available for some emergency diseases and may be used to control the spread of the disease.

Support for the industry concerned and the community will be an important aspect of the eradication program.

More information

This is a series of technical response plans that determine Australia´s approach to an emergency animal disease. It has been developed by Commonwealth, State and Territory veterinary authorities.

EADRA - Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement
This agreement details how Australia's governments and industry groups will work together to prepare for and respond to emergency animal disease incursions. It includes a framework for decision making and cost sharing.

EAD training
The National Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) training program provides education and training for personnel involved in emergency responses.

Rapid Response Team (RRT)All state, territory and federal jurisdictions (and industry) have a shared interest in ensuring that an emergency animal disease is brought under control as quickly as possible, wherever the outbreak is located. The RRT was developed to assist in the initial establishment of a local control centre (LCC) and state control centre (SCC) during the response.

Industry liaison officer (ILO)Industry people have a key role in management of emergency diseases as an ILO in the local control centre. They should be recognised as a representative and advocate for their industry. ILOs are trained by Animal Health Australia to be able to:

  • provide advice on the nature of the local industry to assist with disease risk assessment
  • assist with developing and implementing plans for disease eradication/control
  • provide advice on the economic and other consequences of proposed actions
  • act as a focus for consultation and advice to the local industry.

Australian Veterinary Reserve
The Australian Veterinary Reserve consists of non-government veterinarians trained in national emergency animal disease preparedness. They may operate as field surveillance veterinarians during an emergency disease outbreak.