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Emergency Animal Disease

Animal Health Australia (AHA) manages the Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness and Response (EADPR) Service Stream to ensure that Australia’s animal health system is well prepared in the event of any outbreaks of emergency animal diseases (EADs).

Emergency animal disease activities in Australia

Emergency animal disease preparedness and response have been core activities for AHA since its inception in 1996, reflecting the importance of these activities to protect Australia’s animal health status.

EADPR Service Stream activities

The EADPR Service Stream delivers strategic programs and projects to ensure that Australia is recognised by consumers and competitors as a world leader in emergency animal disease preparedness and response.

  • The Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA) is a unique contractual arrangement between Australia’s governments and industry groups to collectively reduce the risk of disease incursions, manage a response and provide adequate resourcing if an outbreak occurs.
  • The Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN) consists of a series of manuals, guidance documents and other resources to assist governments and relevant industries to follow an agreed response to any animal disease emergency.
  • The National Emergency Animal Disease Training Program facilitates nationally consistent delivery of EAD preparedness and response training.
  • The Rapid Response Team (RRT) comprises about 50 government personnel from around Australia, with skills and expertise in the practical implementation of EAD responses. RRT members are equipped to fill key management positions in control centres during a response. They can be deployed as individuals, small teams, or a large team in the event of an EAD response in one or more jurisdictions.
  • Nationally agreed standard operating procedures (NASOPs) for a wide range of topics have been developed for use in all types of biosecurity incidents and emergencies to complement AUSVETPLAN manuals. NASOPs are developed and maintained by the Animal Health Committee and hosted on AHA’s website.
  • Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine management puts agreements and processes in place to ensure that Australia has access to FMD vaccines in the event of an outbreak.
  • The FMD Risk Management project aims to strengthen preparedness for an EAD outbreak, and facilitate an earlier return to trade for Australia following control of the EAD, using FMD as a model. This project will combine the expertise of research partners from several disciplines, working closely with animal industries to deliver approaches to enhance EAD preparedness and response in Australia.
  • The anthrax vaccine bank provides a reservoir of vaccine for use locally and provides for a sudden increase in demand should a medium-to-large anthrax outbreak occur.
  • The capripox project is increasing Australia’s capability and preparedness for effective post-outbreak surveillance for capripoxvirus diseases (sheeppox, goatpox, lumpy skin disease), thereby reducing the time required to re-establish Australia’s disease-free status and resume trade should an outbreak occur.

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.

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Page reviewed: January 30, 2017