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Biosecurity - Protect your animals and plants from pests and disease
The 2007 equine influenza (horse flu) outbreak in Australia was a timely reminder of why biosecurity is both beneficial and necessary. Regardless of whether you own a large or small property, you are responsible for keeping your animals, plants/crops free from weeds, pests and disease.
This page provides on-farm biosecurity information that is relevant to hobby farmers through to large-scale producers. It provides a simple explanation of what biosecurity is, and how to keep weeds, pests and diseases off your property.
What is biosecurity?
'Biosecurity' is protecting the economy, environment and people's health from pests and diseases. It includes trying to prevent new pests and diseases from arriving, and helping to control outbreaks when they do occur. While robust response arrangements are in place to combat outbreaks, preventing pest, disease and weed incursions in the first place, remains a national priority.
How can I protect my animals and plants from pests and diseases?
Implementing good biosecurity measures on your property is the key to avoiding a pest, disease or weed incursion. Biosecurity doesn't have to be complex or expensive to implement. Use the links below to see which biosecurity measures are relevant to your farming interests.Biosecurity Videos - A series of six short videos showing the simple things you can do to protect your animals and plants from pests and diseases.
Visitors and Travelling Farm Workers
New weeds and plant pests or diseases must be reported to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.
Further information about reporting outbreaks in plants is available on the Plant Health Australia website.
Animal diseases must be reported to the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.
Further information on reporting and containing an animal disease.
Australia's pest and disease Outbreak website.
Research into peri-urban farming
Biosecurity and Small Rural Landholders in Peri-urban Australia
Bureau of Rural Sciences 2007
Biosecurity awareness and peri-urban landholders: a case study approach
Bureau of Rural Sciences 2005
Free biosecurity awareness materials
'Vital information for small rural landholders' brochure
(a summary of the information contained on these biosecurity pages)
Small rural landholder postcards PDF [556kb]
Livestock and Birds
Report animal pests and disease office poster PDF [205kb]
Plants and Cropping
Vital information for plant producers PDF [276kb]
Vital information for travelling farm workers PDF [266kb]
Report plant pests and disease office poster PDF [205kb]
These awareness materials can be mailed to you for free. Please send us an email with your name, postal address, and tell us which product you would like and the quantities you require.
Note: The 'Report animal pests and disease' and the 'Report plant pests and disease' office posters are only available as web downloads.
If you are requesting, 'Don't put this farm at risk!' A2 size posters or feed scoops, you will need to provide us with a street address for delivery. We cannot send these items to post boxes. A minimum quantity may apply.
09 May 2011