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Animal Health Australia (AHA) works with the pork industry to develop and implement national programs to safeguard the health of Australia’s commercial pig population.

For the current situation on African swine fever click here.


See our Farm Biosecurity website for pig biosecurity information and associated documents.

Pig producers should use the National Farm Biosecurity Reference Manual for Pork Production on their properties.


See emergency disease preparedness, including AUSVETPLANs for various diseases.

The below factsheets were developed as a part of the Health 4 Wealth project. The project aims to develop a standardized approach to data collection on disease-related carcase and offal condemnations and a nationally agreed, consistent feedback system to beef, goatmeat, pork and sheepmeat producers. You can find out more about it here.

Pig Abscess (pdf - 382 KB)
Pig Anaemia (pdf - 284 KB)
Pig Ante Mortem (pdf - 369 KB)
Pig Arthritis (pdf - 311 KB)
Pig Ascarids (pdf - 279 KB)
Pig Bruising (pdf - 184 KB)
Pig Colitis (pdf - 469 KB)
Pig Contamination (pdf - 388 KB)
Pig Dermatitis (pdf - 304 KB)
Pig Erysipelas (pdf - 330 KB)
Pig Fever (pdf - 176 KB)
Pig Ileitis (pdf - 294 KB)
Pig Melanoma (pdf - 320 KB)
Pig Nephritis (pdf - 368 KB)
Pig Pericarditis (pdf - 250 KB)
Pig Peritonitis (pdf - 288 KB)
Pig Pleurisy (pdf - 563 KB)
Pig Pneumonia (pdf - 724 KB)


Swill feeding

Feeding ‘swill’ to pigs is illegal in all states and territories of Australia. Feeding swill to pigs is the most likely way that Australian livestock may be exposed to an exotic disease agent, like foot and mouth disease. Swill includes meat or meat products, or anything that has been in contact with meat or meat products. Swill may include food scraps, bakery waste and waste from restaurants.  It generally does not include tallow, gelatin, dairy products or commercially rendered meat and bone meal or fish meal.

AHA is working with Australian Pork Limited (APL) and all Australian governments on the Prohibited Pig Feed (Swill) Compliance and Awareness Project.


NLIS (Pork) refers to the Australian pork industry’s Pork Supply Chain Integrity System, including animal identification and traceability to support trade.

PigPass is a national tracking system which provides real time information on the movements of all pigs in Australia. From 1 February 2018, state and territory governments will be introducing mandatory reporting of all pig movements to the PigPass database.

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Page reviewed: 15/01/2021