Regional Biosecurity Resources
What is biosecurity?
Australia is free from many pests and diseases found around the world.
Our animal, plant and human health rely on stringent controls and measures to manage the risk of these pests and diseases entering and becoming established in Australia.
This is known as biosecurity.
Biosecurity is fundamental to the health, wellbeing and prosperity of all Australians. Pests and diseases can threaten our agricultural sector and environment and potentially human health.
Be biosecurity aware
We all have a role to play to help protect Australia from unwanted pests and diseases and there are things you can do to when shopping and travelling. You can learn about your biosecurity responsibilities on the Australia Government’s Biosecurity Matters website.
Managing agricultural biosecurity in Victoria
In Victoria, there are systems and process in place to help protect both the animal and plant industries. Property identification codes (PIC numbers) help to identify where there are crops and livestock. The purpose is partly for tracing and controlling disease and residue problems that may be detected after leaving the farm, but also for locating properties and owners that have livestock when an outbreak of a disease that may threaten their enterprise is detected in an area. Traceability systems provide confidence to consumers in domestic and overseas markets that the products they buy are of good quality.
Similarly, the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) provides vital information on the movement of livestock and is a key disease prevention measure available to the animal industries. The NLIS enables livestock to be identified and tracked from their property of birth to slaughter. This will protect the reputation of Victoria’s livestock industry as a supplier of ‘clean’ meat and dairy products, providing a competitive advantage in domestic and export markets.
Current biosecurity risks in the region
Report plant diseases, pests and weeds
If you suspect you’ve found a new plant pest or disease, call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881.
Alternatively, you can make a report via Agriculture Victoria’s online form with photos (where possible).