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?
- 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.