Australia is currently free of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD).
However, the industry can never be too prepared when it comes to responding and protecting Australian livestock against foreign animal diseases.
Fortunately, Australia has a range of detailed response plans and arrangements in place in the event of an incursion of Foot and Mouth Disease or LSD into our country. These plans are repeated regularly and continuously reviewed by government and industry representatives.
The Australian Veterinary Plan (AUSVETPLAN) is a key element of the national response systems in place for foot-and-mouth disease and LSD. The AUSVETPLAN is a series of manuals which sets out agreed national policy and guidelines for agencies and organizations involved in an emergency animal disease (EAD) incident response in Australia.
There are 60 AUSVETPLAN manuals for 60 different animal diseases, including foot and mouth disease and LSD.
The AUSVETPLAN FMD and LSD manuals cover key information on the management of each disease, including:
- the incubation period, transmission and resistance to each disease
- disease diagnosis
- control and eradication policies
- vaccination strategies
- recommended quarantine and movement controls, such as national livestock stops.
Like all AUSVETPLAN manuals, these manuals are publicly available online and industry is encouraged to access them. Consult the FMD AUSVETPLAN or LSD AUSVETPLAN documents now.
Another arrangement that Australia has in place is the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA).
EADRA guides how state and federal governments work with livestock industry groups to reduce the risk of disease incursions and manage the response to any disease incursions.
This agreement enables industry and government to respond quickly and effectively to an EAD incident, while providing certainty in the management and funding of the disease response.
Here is EADRA’s step-by-step guide to what will happen in the event of an Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) incident: