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African swine fever
With pressures on our biosecurity system always growing, matching these threats with increasing awareness and investment is a top priority for governments and industry bodies. The Australian government recently announced further support for a steering group and a highly experienced coordinator to lead efforts against feral pigs, that can leverage off the renewed national framework for the management of wild dogs.
Diseases which can jump from animals to humans have been around for as long as our species has been domesticating others. Technically known as zoonoses (singular zoonosis) or diseases which are zoonotic, these can be a danger to the health of both humans and animals living and working in close proximity.
The Farm Biosecurity Program, run by Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia, will support a scholarship for a primary producer to study a topic relevant to on-farm biosecurity.
As of 15 June 2020, any used horticultural equipment not accompanied by the correct biosecurity documentation will be quarantined at the South Australian border.
A video and fact sheet in nine languages have been developed for use in staff induction or training sessions.