Biosecurity courses

Foot-and-mouth Disease Awareness

A group of young cattle lookng at camera with paddock and windbreak in distanceFoot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is considered one of Australia’s greatest biosecurity risks.

This online module is designed to give an overview of the risk and impact foot-and-mouth disease can have on the farming industry and what is being done to reduce that risk.

This course will take approximately 15 minutes.

View Foot-and-mouth Disease Awareness online course

Lumpy Skin Disease Awareness

young brahman cow covered in lumpy skin lesions looking back at cameraLumpy skin disease is a viral disease of cattle, buffalo and wild ruminants that can result in animal welfare issues and significant production losses.

This online module is designed to give an overview of the risk and impact that lumpy skin disease can have on the farming industry, and what is being done to reduce that risk.

This course will take approximately 15 minutes.

View Lumpy Skin Disease Awareness online course

Come Clean, Stay Clean, Go Clean - when visiting farms

close up of vigorous brushing a working boot with soapy waterThis course will provide you with information to know what to do to visit farms in a safe manner. You can help protect Australia's farms.

All people, vehicles and equipment visiting farms can spread pests, diseases and weeds.

Good biosecurity is about awareness and action. Know what you have to do to visit farms in a safe manner and how to keep everything clean while you are there.

Know how to identify signs of pests, diseases, or weeds and know how to report anything unusual you may see on your visit.

This course will take approximately 15 minutes.

View Come Clean, Stay Clean, Go Clean - when visiting farms online course

Giant Pine Scale

Giant pine scaleHave you found white cotton wool-like material on a pine tree? You may have found giant pine scale. The problem with giant pine scale is that they eventually kill the trees they live on. To learn more about what you can do about it, view this online course.

If you find giant pine scale on a pine, spruce or fir tree outside of Melbourne’s south-east, report it to Agriculture Victoria:

View Giant Pine Scale online course

Managing Chestnut Blight

Tree showing chestnut blightThis course has been developed by Agriculture Victoria and Chestnuts Australia Incorporated to help growers look for and manage chestnut blight, a disease which poses a serious threat to Australia's chestnut industry.

Chestnut blight is a declared exotic plant disease in Victoria. This course has been developed to comply with the Victorian Plant Biosecurity Act 2010.

If you are located outside of Victoria and suspect that you have detected chestnut blight, report it to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

View Managing Chestnut Blight online course

Australian Plague Locust

Australian Plague Locust This short course has been developed to assist Victorian landholders and public land managers in identifying, reporting and managing Australian plague locusts on their land. This course will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

The course covers:

  • The importance of controlling locusts
  • How to identify locusts
  • The Australian Plague Locust lifecycle and behaviour
  • Migration, swarms and outbreaks
  • How to report an Australian Plague Locust
  • Managing locusts
  • Important information for landholders and key industries.
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Top five exotic pests and diseases for Victorian grains industry

Karnal bunt grain seed infectionAn exotic pest or disease is one that does not naturally occur in the area and has been brought in accidentally or intentionally.

In this course we will consider the risk of an exotic pest or disease to cereal, pulse and oil seed crops on your property/to your client's property, not of it entering Australia. Therefore, providing some thoughts on how you can mitigate the risks you can control.

This course will also consider how a future climate may increase or decrease the risk of an exotic pest or disease on your/client's property.

View Top five exotic pests and diseases online course

Minimum biosecurity considerations when entering and exiting properties

Vet in biosecurity clothing assessing chickenIn order to prevent the spread of pests or diseases, staff need to carefully consider the procedure required to enter and exit public and private land.

The Minimum biosecurity video describes the equipment and procedure required to enter and exit a property.

The Minimum Biosecurity Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to Enter and Exit Property describes the principles staff must follow when conducting field work on public and private land. Topics covered include:

  • Pre-visit risk appraisal and planning
  • General principles when visiting properties
  • Exit procedures where no biosecurity hazards are observed
  • Exit procedure where a potential biosecurity risk is observed
  • Record-keeping
  • Resources and equipment

In order to complete this course you are required to view both the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and video. The procedure and video in this course describe the minimum precautions to be undertaken when entering or exiting private or public land.

View Minimum biosecurity considerations online course

Further information

For help with the Agriculture Victoria Learning Management System please contact learning@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 12 Sep 2022