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Know the signs of Foot-and-mouth disease

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious animal disease that affects cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.

Know the signs and when to act

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We are now the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

This is the place to find Australian Government information about agriculture, fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and trade.

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Make biosecurity a priority on your property now

Foot-and-mouth disease and lumpy skin disease are two of the world’s most serious animal diseases.

Know the signs & when to act

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Nominations for the 2022 Australian Biosecurity Awards are now open

Do you know a group, organisation or individual that deserves to be recognised for their biosecurity contributions?

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National Biosecurity Strategy 2022-2032

The National Biosecurity Committee in consultation with key stakeholders developed a National Biosecurity Strategy to provide a strategic direction for Australia’s biosecurity system.

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Agriculture and land

Building stronger and more sustainable agriculture, fisheries, forestry and land care.

Biosecurity and trade

Lowering biosecurity risks to Australia, and assisting industry to accelerate growth towards a $100 billion agricultural sector by 2030.

Science & research

Science and research

Understanding research and collecting data to support informed decisions and policies.



Working together to manage Australia's fisheries now and into the future.



Shaping a strong industry focused on sustainable use of our forests.

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We enhance our agricultural industries and trade, and manage the threat of biosecurity risks to Australia.

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News and Media

  • Media release
  • Plants
16 August 2022
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided funding for the upgrade of two key scientific identification tools for plant pests and diseases, strengthening Australia’s…
  • Media release
  • Biosecurity
15 August 2022
The Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer (OCVO) has seconded four staff to work overseas – one at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Samoa and three at the World Organisation for Animal…
  • Media release
  • Biosecurity
12 August 2022
Agricultural industry leaders have taken a tour behind the scenes at Sydney International Airport to scope out Australia's biosecurity measures.