Under State Emergency Management arrangements the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is the Hazard Management Agency (HMA) for emergency management of significant:
- animal pest or disease
- plant pest or disease.
DPIRD has a lead role in emergency prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
Depending on the type and severity, an outbreak could cause significant damage to property, the environment and harm humans and industry.
Under the State Emergency Management Policy statement 5.9.7, DPIRD also has the role and responsibility for coordinating animal welfare services in emergencies as outlined in the State Support Plan - Animal Welfare in Emergencies (interim).