AQUAPLAN - Australia's National Strategic Plan for Aquatic Animal Health

AQUAPLAN is Australia’s National Strategic Plan for Aquatic Animal Health. It is a comprehensive strategy developed and endorsed by Australian and state and territory governments and industry. AQUAPLAN outlines objectives and priorities to enhance Australia’s management of aquatic animal health.

The Department of Agriculture’s Aquatic Animal Health Program drives the development and implementation of AQUAPLAN. National implementation of AQUAPLAN activities and projects is overseen by the Animal Health Committee (AHC) and its Sub-committee on Aquatic Animal Health (SCAAH). Australia has had two five-year AQUAPLANs:

AQUAPLAN 1998-2003 PDF Icon PDF [1.6 MB] was Australia’s first national strategic plan for aquatic animal health. Following its conclusion, a review of AQUAPLAN 1998-2003 PDF Icon PDF [1 MB] was completed. Some key achievements of AQUAPLAN 1998-2003 were:

  • Development and implementation of AQUAVETPLAN; a series of manuals outlining Australia’s approach to national disease preparedness, and proposing the technical response and control strategies to be activated in an aquatic animal disease emergency.
  • Establishment of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram, which provides a cohesive and national approach to research and development in Australia.
  • Establishment of the Quarterly Aquatic Animal Disease reporting system and database.
  • Establishment of the National List of Reportable Diseases, along with processes for updating the list.

AQUAPLAN 2005-2010 PDF Icon PDF [4 MB], was Australia’s second national strategic plan for aquatic animal health. Following its conclusion in June 2010, a review of AQUAPLAN 2005-2010 PDF Icon PDF [2.55 MB] MS Word Icon Word [426 KB] was carried out. Some key achievements of AQUAPLAN 2005-2010 were:

  • Development of the National Investigation and Reporting Protocol for Fish Kills PDF Icon PDF [552 KB].
  • Establishment of the Australian Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program for aquatic animal diseases.
  • Establishment of the Department of Agriculture FRDC Aquatic Animal Health Training Scheme (2010-2012), to provide aquatic animal health professionals with opportunities to enhance their skills.