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Livestock health

Local Land Services are committed to helping keep properties free of emergency animal diseases. If you notice unusual disease symptoms, abnormal behaviour or unexpected deaths in your stock, immediately contact your local district veterinarian or biosecurity officer. 

Notifiable animal diseases 

A number of animal diseases, including all emergency animal diseases, are notifiable in NSW. This means you have a legal obligation to notify authorities if you know or suspect that an animal has one of these diseases.

The Department of Primary Industries has more information about notifiable animal diseases.

If the disease falls under emergency animal diseases, call Emergency Animal Disease Watch hotline on 1800 675 888.

What is an emergency animal disease?

A disease is defined as an emergency if it meets any of the following criteria:

  • it is a known disease that does not normally occur in Australia, and for which it is considered to be in the national interest for the country to be free from the disease
  • it is a variation of a disease that does occur normally in Australia, but this variation, if established here, would have a national impact
  • it is a serious infectious disease of unknown or uncertain cause, which may, on the evidence available at the time, be an entirely new disease or one not included in the national list of emergency diseases
  • it is a disease that does occur sporadically in Australia, but is occurring in such a severe outbreak form that an emergency response is required to ensure that there is neither a large scale epidemic of national significance, nor serious loss of market access.

How Local Land Services can help 

Local Land Services deliver the frontline public animal health service in NSW. Our veterinarians and biosecurity officers deliver a range of national, state and local programs all aimed at safeguarding market access and enhance livestock productivity.

Our focus is:

  • emergency disease prevention, preparedness and response
  • advisory and diagnostic services
  • disease surveillance and reporting
  • residue management
  • certification
  • traceability systems such as NLIS
  • regulation.

Local Land Services also assist animal welfare agencies with livestock animal welfare issues and deal with livestock concerns during emergencies such as drought, bushfires and floods.