Managing Biosecurity in Victoria
Biosecurity is fundamental to the health, well-being and prosperity of all Victorians. Pests and diseases can threaten our agricultural sector, environment, animal industries and potentially human health.
Victoria has a strong record of identifying and managing biosecurity risks but our natural environment and primary industries do face new and emerging pest and disease threats. These bring new challenges and require new solutions.
A key focus for the department is preventing a biosecurity emergency, for example a serious animal disease, affecting Victoria and Australia. The department works with jurisdictional partners across the country to ensure our agricultural industries can continue to operate and trade without any debilitating pest and disease outbreaks.
A great resource for basic biosecurity information is Farm Biosecurity. This website is provided by our national partners Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia.
In Victoria there are systems and process in place to help protect both the animal and plant industries. Property identification codes help to identify where there are crops and livestock, this information can be key in preventing or limiting an outbreak of a disease. 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.
Horses also present certain risks from a biosecurity perspective. Visit the Biosecurity for horses section to learn more.
Wrong use of agricultural or veterinary chemicals can damage or contaminate land, animals, plants or produce. The Chemical Use section has a range of information to help landholders meet their obligations.
- Horticulture industries getting ready for emergency response
- Pest surveillance study blows back wind-borne pests
- New research helps stone fruit grower’s battle brown rot
- Feral pigs trapped as reports grow in the south-west
- New RD&E model to drive Victorian dairy farm profitability
- Ripping into rabbits at Chetwynd
- Warning - don’t use homemade European wasp baits
- Communities continue the fight against invasive grasses
- Making the most from your stock containment area
- Murrayville farmer fined for not controlling rabbits
- Hamilton landowners fined over serrated tussock
- Scale of pine tree insect pest broadens
- Important program to protect chestnut industry
- A Christmas tree decoration you don’t want this year
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- New rabbit calici virus strain information sessions at Tallangatta and Springhurst
- New rabbit calici virus strain information sessions in Euroa, Mansfield, Yea
- Australian’s training in Nepal continues
- Grain guardians wanted
- New strain of biological control agent for rabbits
- Ravenswood putting the spotlight on the bunny
- Growers to get an early jump on potential threats
- Opportunities for farmers with new rabbit RHD strain
- Fruit fly fight depends on you
- Protect your home garden from Queensland Fruit Fly
- Right time for rabbit control on the Bellarine Peninsula
- People power turning tide in the fight against rabbits
- Gorse weed being targeted at Merton
- Expert Committee Set To Improve Sheep and Goat Traceability
- Horsham’s King and McQueen of border security
- Three new faces join the south-west animal health team
- Nominate now for Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award
- Serrated tussock inspections at Hamilton and Dunkeld
- Cheaper cattle tags now available online
- Hop into your garden this Easter
- Stock containment field day at Wedderburn
- Water hyacinth sellers in deep water
- Be alert for Russian wheat aphid
- Buzz out about new bee officer
- Russian wheat aphid hovers on state line
- Livestock biosecurity given clean bill of health
- Confirmed detection of Russian wheat aphid in Victoria
- Pilot study on beet western yellows virus
- Hamilton serrated tussock surveillance broadened
- MAXimum points for biosecurity software innovation
- Garden centre fined $4500 for selling noxious plants
- Weevil war on water weed
- Vaccine provides new approach to bovine Johne’s Disease
- Growers can now ‘pic out’ invasive pests
- Fruit growers urged to sign up for fruit fly alerts