Emergency animal disease preparedness

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is responsible for the management of an emergency animal disease in Western Australia. DAFWA will also be involved as part of the national response to an emergency animal disease in another state or territory. Emergency animal diseases (EADs) include diseases that are exotic to Australia, new and emerging diseases that are of national significance and can also include serious outbreaks of diseases that are endemic in the state, for example, anthrax.

Prevention of entry, early detection and rapid response management are recognised as the most cost effective methods of managing EADs. Rapid response management involves having the appropriate policies and procedures in place, building a competent trained response team and empowering industry to be actively engaged in the recognition of, response to and recovery from EADs.

DAFWA also has responsibilities under the national Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA) with respect to notification of a suspect EAD and preparedness and response activities. This agreement between government and industry underpins Australia’s emergency preparedness and response processes.

Reports of suspect emergency animal diseases should be made to your nearest DAFWA veterinary officer or stock inspector, or contact the emergency disease watch hotline on 1800 675 888 (free call 24 hours).


  • African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious virus that causes an often fatal disease in pigs and wild boar.

  • Classical swine fever (CSF) (hog cholera) is a highly contagious disease caused by a pestivirus that is closely related to the virus that causes bovine viral diarrhoea (mucosal disease) in cattle a

  • Pig owners play a vital role in maintaining Western Australia's high animal health status and reputation as a producer of quality livestock and livestock products.

  • Western Australia has a well-deserved reputation for producing healthy livestock that are free of diseases and residues that could harm human health or damage our markets.

  • Anthrax is a bacterial disease of animals, most commonly seen in cattle, sheep and goats.

  • Western Australia's access to livestock and livestock product export markets, worth about $2 billion annually, relies on Australia being free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

  • Western Australia exports about 80% of its livestock and livestock product annually.

  • Cattle producers in the shires of Albany, Denmark and Plantagenet in Western Australia now have the opportunity to join a new pilot surveillance network for cattle health that uses a simple SMS sys

  • Identification of livestock is required by law under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Identification and Movement of Stock and Apiaries) Regulations 2013 [BAM (IMSA) Regulations].

  • Australia is free of scrapie, which is a fatal, progressive, degenerative disease of the central nervous system of sheep and goats.