Australia and the World Organization for Animal Health

World Organization for Animal Health

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is an inter-governmental organisation formed in 1924. It currently has 175 member countries.

Its objectives are to:

  • ensure transparency in the global animal disease situation

  • collect, analyse and disseminate veterinary scientific information

  • provide expertise and encourage international solidarity in the control of animal diseases

  • safeguard world trade by publishing health standards for international trade in animals and animal products, within its mandate under the World Trade Organization Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

  • improve the legal framework and resources of national Veterinary Services

  • provide a better guarantee of the safety of food of animal origin and to promote animal welfare through a science-based approach.

Australia’s Objectives

Australia is a strong contributor to OIE processes to protect our animal (including aquatic animal) health status and substantial trade in animals and animal products.

Australia has a good record in influencing OIE standards so they are science-based and achieve their purpose without imposing an unjustified burden on Australian producers.

It achieves this influence through the OIE’s annual World Assembly General Session and by participating in specialist commissions, ad hoc groups and working groups. Australia also participates regularly in other OIE activities and discharges its responsibilities as an OIE member country through regular disease reporting, by commenting on draft standards, and by completing OIE questionnaires.

The Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp is Australia’s Delegate to the OIE. The Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer (OCVO) coordinates Australia’s OIE work and draws on the expertise of other Australian government departments and agencies, industry bodies and other experts on the issues under consideration. 

Enquiries may be directed to the OIE Australia contact point by emailing OIE Australia