Providing practical information to help you protect your farm from biosecurity risks

About the Farm Biosecurity program

The Farm Biosecurity awareness campaign is a joint initiative of Animal Health Australia (AHA) and Plant Health Australia (PHA) on behalf of their members.

Our goal is to help producers reduce the risks posed by diseases, pests and weeds to crops and livestock. This site provides information about on-farm biosecurity measures, which help prevent both endemic and exotic diseases, pests and weeds from entering and becoming established on farms. It encourages producers to identify risks to their livestock, crops and plant products, and to minimise those risks through good practices.

Producers are encouraged to check their properties regularly and, if they see anything unusual, to call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 or the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

Farm Biosecurity has the strong commitment of AHA and PHA members, who are instrumental to the program’s implementation and who actively contribute to the initiative.

This website is a hub of farm biosecurity information. It includes information to help producers understand disease, pest and weed risks, what they can do to reduce those risks, and how to go about it. It provides materials to help producers implement good biosecurity on their property, including:

  • crop and livestock specific information
  • templates for checklists, records and signs
  • animal health statements and declarations
  • biosecurity manuals
  • videos on the six biosecurity essentials
  • a farm biosecurity planner and app
  • links to member and other useful websites
  • biosecurity related news and events.

Members of AHA and PHA are encouraged to use the resources provided by the program when communicating with their members and stakeholders about aspects of on-farm biosecurity. Members are also encouraged to let us know about resources that they have produced so that they can be promoted by the program and included on the site.

In 2017, the Farm Biosecurity Program was awarded an Australian Biosecurity Award by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which recognises significant contributions to maintaining Australia’s biosecurity integrity.

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Animal Health Australia

Animal Health Australia (AHA) is an innovative partnership involving the Australian Government, state and territory governments, major livestock industries and other stakeholders. AHA works with members and stakeholders to strengthen Australia’s national animal health system and to maximise confidence in the safety and quality of Australia’s livestock products in domestic and overseas markets.

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Industry members of AHA

Plant Health Australia

Plant Health Australia (PHA) is the national coordinator of the government-industry partnership for plant biosecurity in Australia. As a not-for-profit company, it serves the needs of members and is an independent advocate of the national plant biosecurity system.

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Industry members of PHA

Government members of AHA and PHA

What is biosecurity?

Biosecurity is about the protection of livelihoods, lifestyles and the natural environment, which could be harmed by the introduction of new pests and diseases.

Biosecurity can be implemented off-shore, at the border and on-farm. By implementing the recommended measures in your day-to-day operations, you will improve your own biosecurity and that of your region, while minimising production losses and unnecessary costs.

Australia’s geographic isolation has meant that we have relatively few of the pests and diseases that affect agricultural industries overseas. Freedom from these exotic pests and diseases is a vital part of the future profitability and sustainability of Australian agriculture. Biosecurity allows us to preserve existing trade opportunities and provide evidence to support access to international markets.

What is farm biosecurity?

Farm biosecurity is a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests, diseases and weeds. Farm biosecurity is your responsibility, and that of every person visiting or working on your property.

Producers play a key role in protecting Australian plant and livestock industries from pests and diseases by implementing sound biosecurity measures on-farm.

If a new pest or disease becomes established on your farm, it will affect your business through increased costs (for monitoring, production practices, additional chemical use and labour), reduced productivity (in yield and/or quality) or loss of markets.

Early detection and immediate reporting of an exotic pest or disease increases the chance of effective and efficient eradication.

Regional biosecurity

To strengthen the biosecurity measures implemented on your property, consider including biosecurity issues and activities in community or regional meetings.

Biosecurity threats to all properties in your region can be minimised through a collaborative approach.

Promotion of biosecurity at the regional level is enhanced through:

• broad engagement of the community

• understanding the region’s vulnerability, the source and nature of threats

• knowledge of the skills base and resources available to the region

• a commitment from stakeholders to implement biosecurity measures, surveillance and reporting.

Implementation of farm biosecurity underpins regional biosecurity, which in turn underpins national biosecurity.

If on-farm measures are supported by community based measures, a coordinated regional framework for biosecurity can be achieved.