Farming communities have a key role in helping prevent emergencies, for example by adhering to fire restrictions and following good farm biosecurity practices.
A key focus for the department is preventing a biosecurity emergency, for example a serious animal disease, impacting 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.
Information about what biosecurity is and why it is important is detailed on our Managing Biosecurity in Victoria page.
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.