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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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Foot-and-mouth disease traveller advice

Help protect Australia by following biosecurity requirements when travelling or returning to Australia.

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News and Media

  • 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.
  • Statement
  • Biosecurity
10 August 2022
Statement by Secretary and Director of Biosecurity Andrew Metcalfe AO, to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for its inquiry into the Adequacy of Aust
  • News
  • Foot-and-mouth disease
4 August 2022
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has recently become aware of a fraudulent email campaign using the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Indonesia to hook in victims.