Quarantine and biosecurity

Veterinarians are involved at all levels of Australia’s quarantine and biosecurity systems. They have an especially important role in the event of a breach of quarantine or biosecurity protections, when they are required to contain and manage a potentially serious disease.

In large-scale outbreaks such as the 2007 equine influenza outbreak, an army of government and private veterinarians is called on to take part in the emergency response.

For these reasons, the AVA advises and comments on quarantine and biosecurity issues in relation to animals. Association members include experts in the range of related fields that include biosecurity, quarantine, public health and emergency animal diseases.


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Equine Influenza Inquiry – 18 December 2007

Equine Influenza Inquiry – 1 April 2008

Equine Influenza Inquiry – 8 April 2008

Quarantine and Biosecurity Review – 27 April 2008

Quarantine and Biosecurity Review – 25 July 2008

Senate Inquiry into Biosecurity and Quarantine – 11 August 2010

DAFF New biosecurity legislation - 24 October 2012

Senate Standing Committee Inquiry into biosecurity bills - 18 December 2012

Senate Standing Committee Inquiry into beef imports - 8 April 2013

Senate Inquiry into environmental biosecurity - 22 August 2014

Animal Health Australia Bovine Johne's disease strategy review - 21 January 2015

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