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Report a pest or disease concern

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Seen something unusual? Report it, even if you’re not sure.

Pests and diseases can spread quickly over large distances. It’s essential that you report what you find as soon as possible. This gives us the best chance of containing it before it spreads.

You can also report pests and diseases you encounter in the north of Australia including Torres Strait.

Use this page to let us know about pests or diseases:

On your property

Report anything unusual in your backyard or on your farm. You can do this with one simple phone call.


  • Exotic Plant Pest Hotline: 1800 084 881 (plant pests and diseases, weeds and bees).
  • Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline: 1800 675 888 (sick livestock, poultry and aquatic animals).

These phone numbers will direct you straight to your state or territory biosecurity authority.

Find out what to do during a pest or disease outbreak.

In goods, containers and parcels

Keep an eye on all cargo, containers or parcels arriving through airports, seaports and in international mail.

If you see something unusual or unexpected, secure it and report it to us immediately.

You can:

You will not be prosecuted if you or someone you know has accidentally imported risk material.

Our specially trained officers investigate all reports relating to imported items. This includes items purchased in a store or arriving through airports, seaports or mail.

Learn more about pests and diseases that may arrive in imported goods.

Online form

Use this form to report unusual material in imported cargo, containers or parcels. Give as much detail as you can.
* represents mandatory field

* Required information

(Please provide details of your biosecurity concern, including type of item, when purchased or imported and from where, and what the biosecurity concern is; for example bugs in rice)

Privacy notice

Personal information means information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable. Personal information that is collected under or in accordance with the Biosecurity Act 2015 is also 'protected information' under the Biosecurity Act.

The Department of Agriculture (the department) collects your personal information through this web form for the purposes of enabling the department to contact you in relation to your report. If the relevant personal information requested in this web form is not provided by you, the department will be unable to contact you to resolve your inquiry or to request further information.

The department may disclose your personal information to other Australian government agencies, persons or organisations where necessary to act on your report, provided the disclosure is consistent with the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). In every case it will only be disclosed if authorised by the Biosecurity Act 2015.​​​



Reportable biosecurity incidents​

If you are a person in charge of goods that are subject to biosecurity control, you may be required to notify the department of reportable biosecurity incidents such as live pests.

Report a biosecurity breach​

Suspect that someone in your neighbourhood or workplace has breached Australia’s biosecurity laws? You can confidentially report a biosecurity breach to the department.