Effective disease management

Effective disease management

Australia has a widely accepted disease-free status. This includes having a 'negligible' Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) risk status (the highest status) and being free from Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). 

SAFEMEAT provides advice on international and domestic developments regarding animal diseases  that may impact on Australia's livestock and meat industries. 

Programs relating to effective disease managemeninclude: 

  • Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN) 
  • Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) – Biosecurity 



The Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program is the on-farm assurance program that underpins market access for Australian red meat. LPA requires producers to implement on-farm biosecurity systems to minimise both the risk of infectious diseases being introduced to livestock production properties and the subsequent spread of any such diseases.   

The Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN) is a nationally-agreed framework for the response to and management of emergency animal disease (EAD) incidents in Australia. AUSVETPLAN documents the roles, responsibilities, coordination arrangements, policies, strategies and procedures for the response to EAD incidents in Australia.