Notifiable diseases

Notifiable diseases are animal diseases that when suspected by owners, vets or laboratories must be reported within a defined time frame.

The listed diseases are broken up into:

  • exotic diseases of mammals, birds and fish
  • diseases of mammals and birds

Exotic diseases of mammals, birds and fish

These are diseases that do not normally occur in Australia. If any of these diseases is suspected a person must notify an inspector of livestock without delay and by the quickest means possible.

The easiest way to do this is to ring the Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 (24 hours a day, every day of the year).

Diseases of mammals and birds that must be reported without delay

Currently this applies to Anthrax.

This is a serious emergency disease endemic to Victoria and Australia.

If anthrax is suspected a person must notify an Inspector of Livestock without delay and by the quickest means possible.

The easiest way to do this is to ring the Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 (24 hours a day, every day of the year).

Diseases of mammals and birds that must be reported within 12 hours

These are serious but not exotic diseases.

If any of these diseases is suspected, a person must notify:

Chief Veterinary Officer
Agriculture Victoria
Ph: 1800 675 888 (24 hours a day)
Fax: (03) 9217 4299
Email: CVO.victoria@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Diseases of mammals, birds and fish that must be reported within 7 days

These are important but less serious diseases.

If any of these diseases is suspected a person must notify the department using a form for providing notification (WORD - 63.4 KB) and post, email or fax to:

Chief Veterinary Officer
Agriculture Victoria
475–485 Mickleham Rd
Attwood VIC 3049
Fax: (03) 9217 4299
Email: CVO.victoria@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Notifiable diseases in Victoria

Notifiable diseases are defined under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994, and the obligations of livestock owners, vets, laboratories and others are outlined in the Act and its associated regulations and orders.

Notify diseases with our app

Notifiable diseases can also be reported through our mobile app called Notify Now.

The app allows users to send high quality geo-located photographs of the affected animals, with the owner's details and Property Identification Code directly to the Chief Veterinary Office.

Users can also use the app to call the 1800 Disease Watch Hotline number, if required.

The app is available to download now on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Search for 'Notify Now'.

Categories of notification

The time frames for reporting these diseases fall into 3 categories:

  • notify immediately
  • notify within 12 hours
  • notify within 7 days

Diseases by category and timeframe

Table 1: Notify immediately

Disease category Name of disease
Exotic diseases of molluscs Abalone viral ganglioneuritis
Exotic diseases of bees Acute bee paralysis (Cripavirus)
Exotic disease of crustacea Acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds African horse sickness
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds African swine fever
Diseases of bees American foulbrood disease (Paenibacillus larvae)
Diseases of mammals and birds Anthrax
Exotic diseases of bees Africanised bees
Exotic diseases of bees Aphid lethal paralysis
Exotic diseases of bees Apis iridescent virus (iridovirus)
Exotic disease of crustacea

Aphanomyces astaci (crayfish plague)

Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Aujesjky's disease
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Australian lyssaviruses including bat lyssavirus
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Avian influenza
Exotic diseases of fin fish Bacterial kidney disease (Renibacterium salmoninarum)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Bluetongue
Exotic diseases of molluscs Bonamia ostreae
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Borna disease
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus Type 2
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds

Brucella canis

Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Brucellosis — (Brucella abortus)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Brucellosis — caprine and ovine (B. melitensis)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Camel pox
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Canine Monocytic Ehrlichiosis (CME)(Ehrlichia canis)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Chagas disease (T. cruzi)
Exotic diseases of fin fish Channel catfish virus disease
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Classical swine fever
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Contagious agalactia
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Contagious caprine pleuropneumonia
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Contagious equine metritis
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds

Cysticercus cellulosae (Taenia solium)

Exotic diseases of bees Deformed wing virus (iflavirus)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Devil facial tumour disease
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Dourine
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Duck virus enteritis (duck plague)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Duck virus hepatitis
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds East coast fever (Theileria parva) and Mediterranean Theileriosis (Theileria annulata)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds

Echinococcus multilocularis

Exotic diseases of bees Egypt bee virus
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Elaphostrongylosis
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Encephalitides (tick-borne)
Exotic diseases of fin fish Enteric redmouth disease (Yersinia ruckeri — Hagerman strain)
Exotic diseases of fin fish Enteric septicaemia of catfish (Edwardsiella ictaluri)
Exotic disease of crustacea

Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei

Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Enzootic abortion of ewes
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Epizootic haemorrhagic disease (clinical disease)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Epizootic lymphangitis
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Equine encephalomyelitis (eastern, western and Venezuelan)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Equine encephalosis
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Equine influenza
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Equine piroplasmosis (Babesia caballi and Theileria equ)
Exotic diseases of fin fish European catfish virus/European sheatfish virus
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds

Fasciola gigantica

Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Foot and mouth disease
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Fowl typhoid (S. gallinarum)
Exotic diseases of fin fish Furunculosis (Aeromonas salmonicida subsp. salmonicida)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Getah virus
Exotic disease of crustacea Gill-associated virus
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Glanders
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Goat pox
Exotic diseases of fin fish Grouper iridoviral disease
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Haemorrhagic septicaemia
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Heartwater
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Hendra virus
Exotic disease of crustacea

Hepatobacter penaei (necrotising hepatopancreatitis)

Exotic diseases of fin fish Infection with Gyrodactylus salaris
Exotic diseases of fin fish Infection with HPR-deleted or HPR0
Exotic diseases of fin fish Infection with salmonid alphavirus
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Infectious bursal disease (hypervirulent and exotic antigenic variant forms)
Exotic diseases of fin fish Infectious haematopoietic necrosis
Exotic disease of crustacea Infectious hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis virus
Exotic disease of crustacea Infectious myonecrosis virus
Exotic diseases of fin fish Infectious pancreatic necrosis
Exotic diseases of fin fish Infectious salmon anaemia virus
Exotic diseases of fin fish Infectious spleen and kidney necrosis virus-like (ISKNV-like) viruses
Exotic diseases of molluscs Iridoviroses
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Japanese encephalitis
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Jembrana disease
Exotic diseases of fin fish Koi herpesvirus disease
Exotic diseases of bees Lake Sinai virus  strains 1 and 2
Exotic diseases of bees Large hive beetle (Hoplostoma fulgineus)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Leishmaniosis of any species
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Louping ill
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Lumpy skin disease
Exotic disease of crustacea Macrobrachium rosenbergii nodavirus (white tail disease)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Maedi-visna
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Malignant catarrhal fever (wildebeest associated)
Exotic diseases of molluscs Marteilia refringens
Exotic diseases of molluscs Marteilia sydneyi
Exotic diseases of molluscs Marteilioides chungmuensis
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Menangle virus infection (porcine paramyxovirus)
Exotic diseases of molluscs Mikrocytos mackini
Exotic disease of crustacea Monodon slow growth syndrome
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds

Mycoplasma iowae

Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Nairobi sheep disease
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Newcastle disease (virulent)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Nipah virus
Exotic diseases of molluscs Ostreid herpesvirus-1 μ variant (OsHV-1 μvar)
Exotic diseases of molluscs

Perkinsus marinus

Exotic diseases of molluscs Perkinsus olseni
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Peste des petits ruminants
Exotic diseases of bees Phorid fly (Apocephalus spp. incl A. borealis)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Porcine myocarditis (Bungowannah virus)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Potomac fever
Exotic diseases of fin fish Piscirickettsiosis (Piscirickettsia salmonis)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Pulmonary adenomatosis (Jaagsiekte)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Rabies
Exotic diseases of fin fish Red sea bream iridoviral disease
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Rift Valley fever
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Rinderpest
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds

Salmonella enteritidis infection in poultry

Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Salmonellosis (S. abortus-equi)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Salmonellosis (S. abortus-ovis)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Seneca Valley virus infection in pigs
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Screw worm fly — New World (Cochliomyia homnivorax)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Screw worm fly — Old World (Chrysomya bezziana)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Sheep pox
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Sheep scab
Exotic diseases of bees Slow Bee Paralysis Virus
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Spongiform encephalopathies
Exotic diseases of fin fish Spring viraemia of carp
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Surra (Trypanosoma evansi)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Swine influenza
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Swine vesicular disease
Exotic disease of crustacea Taura syndrome virus
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Teschen disease (Porcine enterovirus encephalomyelitis)
Exotic diseases of bees Tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Transmissible gastroenteritis
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, chronic wasting disease of deer, feline spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Trichinellosis
Exotic diseases of bees Tropilaelaps mite (Tropilaelaps clareae and Tropilaelaps mercedesae)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Trypanosomiasis (tsetse fly associated)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Tularaemia
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Turkey rhinotracheitis (avian metapneumovirus)
Exotic diseases of bees Varroosis (Varroa destructor)
Exotic diseases of bees Varroosis (Varroa jacobsoni)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Vesicular exanthema
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Vesicular stomatitis
Exotic diseases of fin fish Viral encephalopathy and retinopathy
Exotic diseases of fin fish Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Warble fly myiasis
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds Wesselsbron disease
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds West Nile virus clinical infection
Exotic diseases of fin fish Whirling disease (Myxobolus cerebralis)
Exotic diseases of mammals and birds White nose syndrome of bats (Pseudopgymnoasus destructans)
Exotic disease of crustacea White spot syndrome virus
Exotic diseases of molluscs

Xenohaliotis californiensis (withering syndrome)

Table 2: Notify within 12 hours

Disease category Name of disease
Disease of bees Braula fly (Braula coeca)
Diseases of mammals and birds Cattle tick
Diseases of mammals and birds Equine herpes-virus 1 (abortigenic and neurological strains)
Diseases of mammals and birds Infectious laryngotrachetis
Diseases of mammals and birds Psittacosis
Diseases of mammals and birds Pullorum disease (Salmonella pullorum)
Diseases of mammals and birds Swine brucellosis

Table 3: Notify within 7 days

Disease category Name of disease
Diseases of fin fish

Aeromonas salmonicida — atypical strains

Diseases of mammals and birds Anaplasmosis
Diseases of mammals and birds Avian Paramyxovirus Type 1
Diseases of mammals and birds Avian tuberculosis (M.avium)
Diseases of mammals and birds Babesiosis
Diseases of molluscs Bonamiosis (Bonamia exitiosa)
Diseases of mammals and birds Bovine genital campylobacteriosis
Diseases of mammals and birds Bovine malignant catarrh
Diseases of mammals and birds Bovine malignant tumour of the eye larger than 2cm
Diseases of mammals and birds Buffalo fly
Diseases of mammals and birds Caprine arthritis encephalitis
Disease of bees Chalkbrood disease
Diseases of mammals and birds Cysticercosis bovis (Taenia saginata)
Diseases of mammals and birds Enzootic bovine leucosis
Diseases of fin fish Epizootic haematopoietic necrosis — EHN virus
Diseases of mammals and birds Equine infectious anaemia
Diseases of mammals and birds Equine viral arteritis
Disease of bees European foulbrood (Melisococus plutonius)
Diseases of fin fish Infection with Aphanomyces invadans (epizootic ulcerative syndrome)
Diseases of Amphibians
  • Infection with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Chytridiomycosis)
  • Infection with Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans
  • Infection with Ranavirus
Diseases of mammals and birds Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis
Diseases of mammals and birds Lead poisoning (in food production animals)
Diseases of mammals and birds Leptospirosis
Diseases of mammals and birds Mucosal disease
Diseases of mammals and birds Ovine brucellosis
Diseases of mammals and birds Ovine footrot
Diseases of mammals and birds Paratuberculosis (Johne's disease)
Diseases of mammals and birds Pigeon Paramyxovirus Type 1
Disease of bees Nosema (Nosema api and Nosema ceranae)
Diseases of mammals and birds Salmonellosis
Diseases of mammals and birds Strangles
Diseases of mammals and birds Trichomoniasis
Diseases of mammals and birds Tuberculosis (other than Mycobacterium bovis)
Diseases of mammals and birds Verocytotoxigenic E. coli

Requirements to notify

Your obligations under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994.

Specifically the Act states (in section 7):

If a person knows or has reason to suspect that a disease is present in livestock, livestock products or hives:

  1. owned by that person or in the possession, control or charge of that person
  2. on land owned and occupied by that person
  3. dealt with by that person as a veterinary practitioner, inspector under the Meat Industry Act 1993 or the Export Control Act 1982 of the Commonwealth, operator of a meat processing facility licensed under the Meat Industry Act 1993 where a quality assurance program is in force, the owner or person in charge of premises registered as a diagnostic veterinary laboratory, knackery, stock agent or other person dealing with livestock, livestock products or hives by way of a profession, trade or business.

The person must notify an inspector as follows:

  • In the case of an exotic disease, the person must notify an inspector without delay after becoming aware or suspecting that the disease is present by the quickest means of communication available.
  • In the case of a disease other than an exotic disease, the person must notify an inspector within the prescribed time and in the prescribed manner after becoming aware or suspecting that the disease is present.

Tick fever vaccine use in Victoria

The use of tick fever vaccine is no longer regulated in Victoria.

Tick fever vaccine may be administered to cattle destined for tick-infested areas of northern Australia or for live export cattle. Cattle that have been vaccinated for babesiosis (tick fever) which are not exported or moved from Victoria (continue to reside in Victoria) must be identified with a National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) device, and the Victorian Chief Veterinary Officer must be notified of the NLIS RFID or tag numbers.

Anaplasmosis and babesiosis (tick fever) are notifiable diseases in Victoria.

More information

For more information contact your local department vet or one of our animal health officers.

Page last updated: 21 Jul 2020