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About us

Animal Health Australia (AHA) is the trusted and independent national animal health body in Australia, bringing together government and industry to deliver animal health and biosecurity.

With our members we scan the horizon for threats and opportunities, advocate for and drive solutions and take a whole-of-sector approach to ensure the long-term success of Australia’s animal health and biosecurity system.

*Biosecurity is the management of risks to the economy, environment and the community, of pests and diseases entering, emerging, establishing or spreading. AHA’s role in the biosecurity continuum is focussed post-border.

Our vision

A national biosecurity system that provides every opportunity for Australian agriculture to succeed at home and overseas.

Our mission

Informing government and industry about national action required and delivering solutions together that enhance, strengthen and protect animal health and the biosecurity system.

Our values

Our work will be guided by our commitment to:

  • lead with integrity – we listen, learn and deliver with the courage to shape a better future
  • connect and collaborate – we understand the power of working together; as a collective we are stronger
  • innovate and grow – we evolve and adapt, striving to find better ways and creative solutions
  • be bold and open – we take action, add value and welcome hard conversations
  • embrace diversity – our individual differences strengthen our efforts.

Our company

Animal Health Australia (AHA) was incorporated under Australian Corporations Law in January 1996. AHA is a not-for-profit public company.

At 30 June 2018, we had 34 member organisations spread across four membership groups:

  • Commonwealth, state and territory governments
  • livestock industries
  • service providers
  • associate members.

Within the framework of a not-for-profit company, AHA manages more than 50 national programs that improve animal and associated human health, biosecurity, market access, livestock welfare, productivity, and food safety and quality.

Our company structure facilitates flexible and responsive management of animal health issues and accountability through an independently selected Board of Directors responsible to our members.

AHA is dedicated to advancing livestock health issues of collective interest to all who contribute to animal health in Australia. We manage national animal health programs for all, as well as some programs for a subset of members.

AHA’s members play a key role in the development and implementation of all programs. This collaborative approach is a major factor behind the success of AHA programs, and further strengthening of partnerships between government and industry bodies is an ongoing priority.

Members fund core company activities through annual subscriptions based on the gross value of production (GVP) of the jurisdiction or industry.

AHA is led by an independently selected Board of Directors responsible to our members and staffed by a dedicated team working in AHA’s Canberra office.

Our Constitution

Read AHA’s Constitution.

Background to the company

Australia has enjoyed a reputation for clean, healthy and disease-free agricultural production systems through our natural advantage of geographic isolation. This has also given Australian producers an edge in a very competitive international environment.

From the early 1990s, our international trading partners began to require more information and evidence of Australia’s animal health and welfare standards.

Australian governments and industry groups recognised a need for high-level decisions on strategic policy for future planning and funding of national animal health service programs. Australian Animal Health Council Limited was incorporated under Australian Corporations Law in January 1996 and commenced operation under the business name ‘Animal Health Australia’ (AHA) in February 2000.

AHA’s role in the national animal health system has expanded significantly over the years, with the number of programs and projects the company is responsible for growing substantially.

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Page reviewed: 01/07/2020