AUSVETPLAN Manuals and Documents
Animal Health Australia (AHA) manages the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN) manuals and supporting documents that guide governments and industry through a preferred approach to manage any emergency animal disease (EAD) incident.
Documentation is grouped under the key elements of AUSVETPLAN, listed below, with version control information and links to each document.
At any one time, AHA is reviewing several of these AUSVETPLAN manuals to ensure the information contained is up to date.
1. Summary document
Describes the components of AUSVETPLAN and outlines their relationships.
2. Disease strategies and response policy briefs
2.1 Individual strategies for diseases
Each disease strategy is the authoritative reference to the Australian management policies for a particular EAD. It provides sufficient information about the nature of the disease, principles of control and eradication, policy and rationale, and recommended quarantine and movement controls.
This information allows authorities to make informed decisions about how to manage an EAD incident in Australia.
Please refer to the Bovine tuberculosis case response manual (pdf - 1 MB) for information on management of an incident of bovine tuberculosis.
2.2 Response policy briefs
Cover EADs that are listed in the EADRA and not covered by individual disease strategies but subject to cost sharing between governments and livestock industries. Each brief provides sufficient information (nature of the disease, principles of control and eradication, management policies) for authorities to make informed decisions if an outbreak occurs in Australia.
|Response policy briefs||Edition||Date||Comments|
|Response Policy Briefs (pdf - 549 KB)||3.5||2013|
|Hendra virus Response Policy Brief (pdf - 1 MB)||4.0||2016||New – revised policy|
The ‘Response Policy Briefs’ document covers: Borna disease, brucellosis (due to Brucella melitensis), contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, contagious equine metritis, dourine, East coast fever, encephalitides (tick-borne), epizootic lymphangitis, equine babesiosis, equine encephalomyelitis (eastern, western and Venezuelan), equine encephalosis, Getah virus disease, glanders, haemorrhagic septicaemia, heartwater, Hendra virus infection (formerly equine morbillivirus), Jembrana disease, maedi–visna, Menangle virus (porcine paramyxovirus), Nairobi sheep disease, Nipah virus, Potomac fever, pulmonary adenomatosis, sheep scab, swine influenza, Teschen disease, trichinellosis, vesicular exanthema, Wesselsbron disease and West Nile virus disease.
3. Operational manuals
Describe in detail the recommended operational procedures for different aspects of EAD responses, such as the destruction of animals, animal disposal and decontamination of sites.
|Decontamination (pdf - 649 KB)||3.2||2008|
|Destruction of animals (pdf - 734 KB)||3.2||2015|
|Livestock Welfare and Management (pdf - 408 KB)||3.0||2007||Under review|
|Valuation and Compensation (pdf - 1,023 KB)||3.0||2006||Under review|
|Wild Animal Response Strategy (pdf - 1 MB)||3.3||2011|
4. Enterprise manuals
Provide information and guidance to government and industry personnel and veterinarians involved in EAD preparedness and response activities with specific types of enterprises that pose special economic or disease eradication problems or are important in the epidemiology or impact of certain emergency animal diseases (EADs).
The enterprise manuals aim to provide information and guidance to two target groups:
- government personnel involved in EAD preparedness who may be unfamiliar with the operations of the industry of which the enterprise is part
- industry personnel and veterinarians who need information on strategies that may be adopted to improve preparedness (in the form of contingency plans) and guidance on the operational procedures which may be applied in the event of an EAD incident.
|Artificial Breeding Centres (pdf - 151 KB)||2.1||1999||Under review|
|Feedlots (pdf - 474 KB)||3.0||2010|
|Meat Processing (pdf - 474 KB)||3.0||2007|
|Pig Industry (pdf - 980 KB)||3.0||2011|
|Poultry Industry (pdf - 1 MB)||3.0||2013|
|Saleyards and Transport (pdf - 758 KB)||3.0||2013|
|Wool Industry (pdf - 3 MB)||3.0||2015|
5. Management manuals
The Control Centres Management Manual (parts 1 and 2) provides a management structure and an information flow system for handling an emergency animal disease (EAD) outbreak at national, state/territory and local levels.
The Laboratory Preparedness Manual aims to assist veterinary laboratories to prepare a contingency plan for an EAD.
|Control Centres Part 1 (pdf – 889 kB)||4.1||2015|
|Control Centres Part 2 (pdf - 1 MB)||4.0||2015|
|Laboratory Preparedness (pdf - 284 KB)||4.0||2013|
6. Guidance documents
Provide general guidance to personnel involved in an EAD outbreak, to assist with understanding relevant policies and procedures. These guidance documents are not endorsed AUSVETPLAN manuals but support the manuals and provide additional information to stakeholders. AHA gives no warranty that the information contained in these documents is correct or complete, and shall not be liable for any loss howsoever caused arising from use of or reliance on this information.
7. Resource documents
Provide information of a general technical nature to stakeholders both during an EAD outbreak, as well as during ‘peacetime’. These resource documents are not endorsed AUSVETPLAN manuals but support the manuals and provide additional information to stakeholders. AHA gives no warranty that the information contained in these documents is correct or complete, and shall not be liable for any loss howsoever caused arising from use of or reliance on this information.
|Culicoides trapping (pdf - 451 KB)||1.0||2015|
|BIPIM Part 1 Public Information Policy (pdf - 762 KB)||1.0||2014|
|BIPIM Part 2 Public Information Operations (pdf - 678 KB)||1.0||2014|
|BIPIM Part 3 Job Cards (pdf - 664 KB)||1.0||2014|
|BIPIM Part 4 Templates and Forms (pdf - 561 KB)||1.0||2014|
|Destruction of Birds (pdf - 736 KB)||1.0||2014|
|HPAI Chicken Meat Welfare report (pdf - 1 MB)||1.0||2012|
|National Livestock Standstill Decision Matrix for FMD (pdf - 310 KB)||1.0||2015|
|Pig Welfare in FMD EAD Report (pdf - 3 MB)||1.0||2012|
|Persistence of Disease Agents in Carcases and Animal Products (pdf - 1 MB)||1.0||2003|
|Dissection and sterile collection of major lymph nodes in cattle (pdf - 967 KB)||1.0||2013|