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


Livestock manuals

A biosecurity manual contains all the measures that are used to reduce the risks of diseases entering or spreading. Animal Health Australia, in collaboration with industry bodies, researchers and government agencies, works to develop, review and maintain farm biosecurity manuals for all member industries.

Grazing industries

National Farm Biosecurity Reference Manual – Grazing Livestock Production 

The manual sets out biosecurity practices for all grazing livestock enterprises. It is a reference document designed for use by all extensive grazing industries that sets an agreed level of biosecurity for their members.  It is suitable for all livestock grazing enterprises, whether producing meat, milk or fibre. Specifically, it covers cattle (dairy and beef), sheep (wool and meat), farmed and rangeland goats (fibre, milk and meat) and camelids (alpaca and llama).

Handy brochure format: Farm Biosecurity for Livestock Producers 

This easy to read brochure includes case studies to assist producers to develop practical, easy to implement workable practices to protect their investments. Five key management areas identified in the brochure are: farm outputs, farm inputs, people, vehicles & equipment, production practices and ferals, pests & weeds.

Horse Venue Biosecurity Workbook 

The workbook is a self-evaluation guide for managers of all horse venues including racecourses, showgrounds, riding and pony club venues, agistment properties and horse events. It aims to assist venue owners and managers to establish a set of biosecurity measures applicable to their venue, which can easily be implemented over time to ensure horses are protected from disease and pests.

Preparing your business to survive: Risk management planning for an emergency animal disease outbreak 

The guide is designed to assist livestock enterprises prepare a risk management plan for emergency animal disease (EAD) outbreaks. This manual can help you by:

  • explaining what will occur during an EAD outbreak using foot-and-mouth disease as an example
  • outlining the main risks for your business
  • analysing how the risks relate to your business and evaluating which risks you should address
  • providing a list of possible actions you could undertake—either to prepare for, or to respond to, an outbreak
  • explaining the process for implementation, communication and review of your risk management plan.

Preparing your business to survive an emergency animal disease outbreak: A 30-minute plan for grazing enterprises  

This is a planning  tool to assist you to develop an EAD survival plan. The plan outlines what to do if your property were infected with, or classified as ‘at-risk’ of, an EAD.

The planning process in this document focusses on four key steps:

  • thinking about your business
  • understanding the risks
  • identifying actions to take
  • managing your obligations and responsibilities.

This document outlines a plan that takes just 30 minutes to prepare. It could improve the resilience of your business if an EAD occurs. You may even discover some useful ideas for improving the every-day operation of your business. Just follow the four steps provided.


National Farm Biosecurity Manual for Poultry Production 

This manual establishes a minimum set of biosecurity standards applicable to all poultry producers. While the manual was produced with commercial producers in mind, the principles of good biosecurity apply to any poultry or bird-raising operation.

National Water Biosecurity Manual – Poultry Production  

The manual identifies what water sources are safe to be used by the Australian poultry industry, which is an important issue because contaminated water can cause disease outbreaks.

National Farm Biosecurity Manual for Chicken Growers  

The manual identifies areas of risk common to most broiler farms and appropriate measures to minimise these risks. It establishes a minimum set of biosecurity guidelines applicable to all meat chicken producers from hatcheries to the point of delivery at the processor.

Farm Biosecurity Manual for the Duck Meat Industry  

The manual aims to prevent infectious diseases from coming into duck production facilities or spreading from an infected area to an uninfected area. It identifies areas of risk common to all duck enterprises along with appropriate measures to minimise these risks.

Other sectors

Australian Pork Industry Biosecurity Program  

The prgram contains information and specific procedures for all pig farmers to follow to help reduce the risk of disease entering a property, spreading through livestock and being passed to surrounding livestock operations.

National Biosecurity Manual for Beef Cattle Feedlots 

This manual has been produced as a tool that owners, managers, staff and contractors at beef cattle feedlots can use to translate biosecurity practices into operating procedures and work instructions.

National Farm Biosecurity Manual for Pork Production 

The manual identifies areas of risk to pig producers and appropriate measures to minimise the risks. It establishes a minimum set of biosecurity guidelines applicable to all pork producers.

National Zoo Biosecurity Manual  

The manual is intended for use by individual zoos, including fauna parks, sanctuaries, aquariums and marine parks, holding native and/or exotic species, as a tool to help them to gauge their own biosecurity requirements and to assist them to develop a biosecurity plan suitable for their particular circumstances. The manual outlines both basic guidelines and higher level guidelines for all zoos.

Crop manuals

Plant Health Australia, in collaboration with industry bodies, researchers and government agencies, have developed a range of farm biosecurity manuals for a variety of crops shown below. Visit the Crops section for further information about pests, product management and best production practices for these crops.

For growers of ginger, lychees, macadamias, olives, onions, papaya, passionfruit, pineapples, pistachios, potatoes, rice, rubus crops, strawberries, sugarcane  and walnuts, farm biosecurity measures are included in industry biosecurity plans. Please contact your peak industry body to obtain specific on-farm biosecurity practices recommended for these crops. Visit Biosecurity essentials for general information that all producers can use to implement biosecurity measures on -farm.

Plant Health Australia is preparing biosecurity manuals or industry plans for blueberries, cut flowers, processing tomatoes, sugarcane and truffles. They will be added to this site as they become available.


Farm Biosecurity Manual for the Cotton Industry

Fruit & nuts

Biosecurity Manual for Citrus Producers

Biosecurity Manual for the Papaya Industry

Farm Biosecurity Manual for the Banana Industry

Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the Almond Industry

Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the Apple and Pear Industry

Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the Avocado Industry

Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the Cherry Industry

Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the Mango Industry

Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the Summerfruit Industry


Biosecurity Manual for Grain Producers

Farm Biosecurity Manual for the Organic Grains Industry

Honey bees

Biosecurity Manual for Beekeepers

Nursery & gardens

Biosecurity Manual for the Nursery Production Industry

Plantation forestry

Biosecurity Manual for Plantation Timber Industry


Biosecurity Manual for Sugarcane Producers


Farm Biosecurity Manual for the Northern Adelaide Plains Vegetable Growers

Biosecurity Induction Manual for Bundaberg Horticultural Farms


Biosecurity Manual for Viticulture Industry