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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.

Disease strategies Edition Date Comments
African horse sickness (pdf - 195 kB) 2.0 1996 Under review – draft pending endorsement
African swine fever (pdf - 350 kB) 4.0 2015 New
Anthrax (pdf - 329 kB) 4.0 2015 New
Aujeszky's disease (pdf - 367 kB) 4.0 2015 New
Australian bat lyssavirus (pdf - 433 kB) 3.0 2009 Under review
Avian influenza (pdf - 762 kB) 3.4 2011 Under review – draft pending endorsement
Bee diseases and pests (pdf - 365 kB) 3.2 2010
Bluetongue (pdf - 570 kB) 4.0 2015 New
Bovine brucellosis (pdf - 452 kB) 3.0 2005
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (pdf - 486 kB) 3.2 2012
Classical swine fever (pdf - 362 kB) 4.0 2015 New
Equine influenza (pdf - 736 kB) 3.1 2011
Foot-and-mouth disease (pdf - 1,017 kB) 3.4 2014
Infectious bursal disease (pdf - 530 kB) 3.0 2009
Japanese encephalitis (pdf - 128 kB) 2.0 1998 Under review – draft pending endorsement
Lumpy skin disease (pdf - 470 kB) 3.0 2009
Newcastle disease (pdf –  688kb) 3.2 2014 Under review
Peste des petits ruminants (pdf - 445 kB) 3.0 2009
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (pdf - 819 kB) 3.0 2006 Under review
Rabies (pdf - 539 kB) 3.0 2011
Rift Valley fever (pdf - 717 kB) 3.0 2013
Rinderpest (pdf - 481 kB) 3.0 2009
Scrapie (pdf - 506 kB) 3.0 2009 Under review
Screw worm fly (pdf - 1 MB) 3.0 2007 Under review
Sheep and goat pox (pdf - 352 kB) 3.1 2011
Surra (pdf - 725 kB) 3.0 2006
Swine vesicular disease (pdf - 529 kB) 3.1 2012
Transmissible gastroenteritis (pdf - 532 kB) 3.1 2012
Vesicular stomatitis (pdf - 132 kB) 2.0 1996 Under review – draft pending endorsement

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 - 387 kB) 3.5 2013

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.

Operational manuals Edition Date Comments
Decontamination (pdf - 649 kB) 3.2 2008
Destruction of animals (pdf - 734 kB) 3.2 2015 New
Disposal Procedures 3.1 2015 New
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.
Enterprise manuals Edition Date Comments
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 New
Zoo Enterprise Manual 3.0 2014

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.

Management manuals Edition Date Comments
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.

Guidance documents Edition Date Comments
Guidance document for the use of avian influenza (AI) vaccine in the event of an AI outbreak in Australia (pdf - 358 kB) 1.0 2010
Guidance Document: Declared areas and allocation of premises definitions in an EAD response (pdf - 676 kB) 2.0 2014
Guidance Document for the Management of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in Pig Enterprises (pdf - 78 kB) 1.0 2010

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.

Resource documents Edition Date Comments
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 New
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

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Page reviewed: December 22, 2015