National livestock standstill – analysis of economic and epidemiological factors involved

28 Apr 2023


A national livestock standstill (NLSS), involving each state and territory government implementing state/territory-wide movement controls for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) susceptible livestock, is the currently agreed national policy following the diagnosis or strong suspicion of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). Information can be found at  National livestock standstill for foot-and-mouth disease. 

During 2021 and 2022, work was commissioned to undertake an analysis of the economic and epidemiological factors involved in a NLSS. The report can be found here:  Analysis of livestock movements and the benefits and costs of livestock standstills in Australia as part of the response to foot-and-mouth disease. 

NLSS  remains a unified, simple mechanism which is easily understood, effective for disease control and remains the agreed national policy. There are no plans to revisit this approach by the National Biosecurity Committee in the immediate term. Any longer-term consideration of this policy would require extensive consideration and consultation with all stakeholders.  

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