Laboratory tests

​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources maintains agreed mechanisms and guidelines for the development, evaluation and communication of new tests developed in Australia and New Zealand for infectious animal diseases. These tests are for use in veterinary laboratories and apply to new tests developed for use in production animals and captive wild, companion and feral animals.

Registers of veterinary laboratory tests

The department maintains the following lists of current and developing tests for infectious animal diseases used by veterinary laboratories in Australia:

Approved tests are published by the department and included, as appropriate, into standard test procedures, such as Australian and New Zealand standard diagnostic procedures (ANZSDPs).

We promote the uptake of new tests by Australian veterinary laboratories through our network of more than 100 stakeholders.
The register of tests under development aims to reduce duplication of research efforts and encourage collaborative links between institutions.

New veterinary laboratory tests

The process for including a new test in the ANZSDPs is:

  • Laboratory scientists develop a new test to the point where it is eligible for submission to the department for evaluation.
  • Approved test is included in the relevant ANZSDP when it is next revised, unless the department recommends expediency.

See Developing and evaluating new veterinary laboratory tests.

Validation templates

The department coordinates independent evaluation of new test methodologies and validation data for tests that are to be included in ANZSDPs and provides feedback to authors after the evaluation process.

Validation templates for submission of new tests for evaluation are available for authors:

Author guidelines

We want to improve syndrome reporting for diseases of significance, and the application of best practice diagnostics to veterinary laboratory services.
These templates and worked examples provide standardised guidance to authors for reporting of syndromes and validation of diagnostic assays: