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Animal Health Australia (AHA) works in consultation with its members to prepare and review 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.

Effective responses to EADs require planning at national, state/territory and district levels, as well as the involvement of animal health authorities, livestock industries and emergency management organisations.

AUSVETPLAN is a comprehensive series of manuals that sets out the various roles, responsibilities and policy guidelines for organisations involved in an EAD response. AUSVETPLAN manuals are also used for training to ensure that the plans will be effective and personnel are trained in advance of an EAD outbreak.

The availability of agreed AUSVETPLAN disease strategies ensures that informed decisions about the policies and procedures needed to manage an EAD incident in Australia are immediately at hand and there is no time lost in mounting the response. Therefore, as many policy principles as possible should be agreed in ‘peacetime’ (ie before an EAD outbreak).

Why AUSVETPLAN is important

The Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA) is a unique contractual arrangement that binds the Australian, state and territory governments and livestock industry groups to collectively and significantly increase Australia’s capacity to prepare for—and respond to—EAD incursions.

For all diseases listed in the EADRA, there is a preferred approach to an outbreak. These preferred approaches have been developed and agreed upon by governments and relevant industries in ‘peacetime’ and are captured in the AUSVETPLAN disease strategies and response policy briefs.The value of AUSVETPLAN disease strategies was demonstrated by the successful response and eradication of equine influenza from Australia following the outbreak in 2007. Lessons learnt from the actual response have been incorporated into a revised disease strategy for equine influenza.

Emergency Animal Disease Business Planning

In 2015, AHA streamlined the process of business planning development for the EADRA (Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement) and AUSVETPLAN projects, by combining the two business plans and aligning reporting requirements. In addition, AHA launched a new Strategic Plan, which is the blueprint for the future and sets AHA’s direction for the next five years (2015-2020). This business plan aligns with the new Strategic Plan.

The following business plan, which now covers both projects, was drafted during 2015 in consultation with its members and in 2016, Section 6—Financial Management was updated to reflect agreed core funding arrangements.

Download the EAD Business Plan 2016-17 to 2018-19.

Download Appendix B – AUSVETPLAN rolling 3-year work plan 2016-17 to 2018-19.


Chairperson, AUSVETPLAN Technical Review Group

Animal Health Australia

Level 2, 95 Northbourne Ave, Turner ACT 2612

PO BOX 5116, Braddon ACT 2612


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Page reviewed: September 22, 2016