Notifiable diseases

How to notify

There are three ways to notify Agriculture Victoria’s Chief Veterinary Officer of suspected notifiable diseases:

Chief Veterinary Officer
Agriculture Victoria
475–485 Mickleham Rd
Attwood VIC 3049

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
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Diseases of mammals and birds:

  • Anthrax

Diseases of bees:

  • American foul brood (Paenibacillius larvae)

Diseases of mammals and birds:

  • Cattle tick
  • Equine herpes-virus 1 (abortigenic and neurological strains)
  • Infectious laryngotracheitis
  • Psittacosis
  • Pullorum disease (Salmonella pullorum)
  • Swine brucellosis (Brucella suis)
  • Trichomoniasis

Diseases of bees:

  • Braula fly ( Braula coeca )

Diseases of mammals and birds:

  • Anaplasmosis
  • Avian paramyxovirus Type 1
  • Avian tuberculosis (Mycobacterium avium)
  • Babesiosis
  • Bovine genital campylobacteriosis
  • Bovine malignant catarrh
  • Bovine malignant tumour of the eye larger than 2 cm
  • Buffalo fly
  • Caprine arthritis encephalitis
  • Cysticercus bovis ( Taenia saginata )
  • Enzootic bovine leucosis
  • Equine infectious anaemia
  • Equine viral arteritis
  • Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis
  • Lead poisoning (in food producing livestock)
  • Leptospirosis
  • Listeriosis
  • Mucosal disease
  • Ovine brucellosis
  • Ovine footrot
  • Paratuberculosis (Johne's disease)
  • Pigeon paramyxovirus Type 1
  • Salmonellosis
  • Strangles
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Tuberculosis (other than Mycobacterium bovis )
  • Verocytotoxigenic E. coli

Diseases of bees:

  • Chalkbrood disease
  • European foulbrood (Melisococus plutonius)
  • Nosema (Nosema api and Nosema ceranae)

  • Diseases of Fin Fish
  • Aeromonas salmonicida — atypical strains
  • Epizootic haematopoietic necrosis — EHN virus
  • Infection with Aphanomyces invadans (epizootic ulcerative syndrome)
  • Diseases of Molluscs
  • Infection with Bonamia exitiosa
  • Diseases of Amphibians
  • Infection with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Chytridiomycosis)
  • Infection with Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans
  • Infection with Ranavirus species

  • African horse sickness
  • African swine fever
  • Aujeszky's disease
  • Australian lyssaviruses including bat lyssavirus
  • Avian influenza
  • Bluetongue
  • Borna disease
  • Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus Type 2
  • Brucella canis
  • Brucellosis — Brucella abortus
  • Brucellosis — caprine and ovine (B. melitensis)
  • Camelpox
  • Canine Monocytic Ehrlichiosis (CME) (Ehrlichia canis)
  • Chagas disease (T. cruzi)
  • Classical swine fever
  • Contagious agalactia
  • Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia
  • Contagious caprine pleuropneumonia
  • Contagious equine metritis
  • Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever
  • Cysticercus cellulosae (Taenia solium)
  • Devil facial tumour disease
  • Dourine
  • Duck virus enteritis (duck plague)
  • Duck virus hepatitis
  • East coast fever (Theileria parva) and Mediterranean Theileriosis (Theileria annulata)
  • Echinococcus multilocularis
  • Elaphostrongylosis
  • Encephalitides (tick-borne)
  • Enzootic abortion of ewes
  • Epizootic haemorrhagic disease (clinical disease)
  • Epizootic lymphangitis
  • Equine encephalomyelitis (eastern, western and Venezuelan)
  • Equine encephalosis
  • Equine influenza
  • Equine piroplasmosis (Babesia caballi and Theileria equi)
  • Fasciola gigantica
  • Foot and mouth disease
  • Fowl typhoid (S. gallinarum)
  • Getah virus
  • Glanders Goat pox
  • Haemorrhagic septicaemia
  • Heartwater
  • Hendra virus
  • Infectious bursal disease (hypervirulent and exotic antigenic variant forms)
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Jembrana disease
  • Leishmaniosis of any species
  • Louping ill
  • Lumpy skin disease
  • Maedi-visna
  • Malignant catarrhal fever (wildebeest associated)
  • Menangle virus infection (porcine paramyxovirus)
  • Nairobi sheep disease
  • Newcastle disease (virulent)
  • Nipah virus
  • Peste des petits ruminants
  • Porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus
  • Porcine myocarditis (Bungowannah virus)
  • Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome
  • Post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome
  • Potomac fever
  • Pulmonary adenomatosis (Jaagsiekte)
  • Rabies
  • Rift Valley fever
  • Rinderpest
  • Salmonella enteritidis infection in poultry
  • Salmonellosis (S. abortus-equi)
  • Salmonellosis (S. abortus-ovis)
  • Screw worm fly - New World (Cochliomyia homnivorax)
  • Screw worm fly – Old World (Chrysomya bezziana)
  • Sheep pox
  • Sheep scab
  • Spongiform encephalopathies
  • Surra (Trypanosoma evansi)
  • Swine influenza
  • Swine vesicular disease
  • Teschen disease (Porcine enterovirus encephalomyelitis)
  • Transmissible gastroenteritis
  • Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, chronic wasting disease of deer, feline spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie)
  • Trichinellosis
  • Trypanosomiasis (tsetse fly associated)
  • Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis)
  • Tularaemia
  • Turkey rhinotracheitis (avian metapneumovirus)
  • Vesicular exanthema
  • Vesicular stomatitis
  • Warble fly myiasis
  • Wesselsbron disease
  • West Nile virus clinical infection

  • Acute bee paralysis virus (Cripavirus)
  • Africanised bees
  • Aphid lethal paralysis virus strain
  • Apis iridescent virus (iridovirus)
  • Deformed wing virus (iflavirus)
  • Egypt bee virus
  • Lake Sinai virus — strains 1 and 2
  • Large hive beetle (Hoplostoma fulgineus)
  • Phorid fly (Apocephalus spp. incl A. borealis)
  • Slow Bee Paralysis Virus
  • Tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi)
  • Tropilaelaps mite (Tropilaelaps clareae and Tropilaelaps mercedesae)
  • Varroosis (Varroa destructor)
  • Varroosis (Varroa jacobsoni)

Exotic diseases of fin fish

  • Bacterial kidney disease (Renibacterium salmoninarum)
  • Channel catfish virus disease
  • Enteric Redmouth disease (Yersinia ruckeri -Hagerman strain)
  • Enteric septicaemia of catfish (Edwardsiella ictaluri)
  • European catfish virus / European sheatfish virus
  • Furunculosis (Aeromonas salmonicida subsp. salmonicida)
  • Grouper iridoviral disease
  • Infection with HPR-deleted or HPR0
  • Infection with salmonid alphavirus
  • Infection with Gyrodactylus salaris
  • Infectious haematopoietic necrosis
  • Infectious pancreatic necrosis
  • infectious salmon anaemia virus
  • Infectious spleen and kidney necrosis virus-like (ISKNV-like) viruses
  • Koi herpesvirus disease
  • Piscirickettsiosis (Piscirickettsia salmonis)
  • Red sea bream iridoviral disease
  • Spring viraemia of carp
  • Viral encephalopathy and retinopathy
  • Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia
  • Whirling disease (Myxobolus cerebralis)

Exotic diseases of molluscs

  • Abalone viral ganglioneuritis
  • Infection with Bonamia ostreae
  • Infection with Marteilia refringens
  • Infection with Marteilia sydneyi
  • Infection with Marteilioides chungmuensis
  • Infection with Mikrocytos mackini
  • Infection with Perkinsus marinus
  • Infection with Perkinsus olseni
  • Infection with Xenohaliotis californiensis (withering syndrome)
  • Iridoviroses
  • Ostreid herpesvirus-1 μ variant (OsHV-1 μvar)

Exotic diseases of crustacea

  • Acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND)
  • Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei
  • Gill-associated virus
  • Infection with Aphanomyces astaci (crayfish plague)
  • Infection with Hepatobacter penaei (necrotising hepatopancreatitis)
  • Infection with infectious hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis virus
  • Infection with infectious myonecrosis virus
  • Infection with Macrobrachium rosenbergii nodavirus (white tail disease)
  • Infection with Taura syndrome virus
  • Infection with white spot syndrome virus
  • Infection with yellow head virus genotype 1
  • Monodon slow growth syndrome

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.

The LDCA defines 'livestock' to mean any non-human animal, and any fish or bird, whether wild or domesticated, egg intended for hatching or bee.

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: 24 Nov 2020