Nationally Agreed Standard Operating Procedures

​Nationally Agreed Standard Operating Procedures (NASOPs) have been developed for use by jurisdictions during responses to biosecurity incidents. NASOPs are currently being centrally hosted on the Animal Health Australia website.

NASOPs support national consistency and provide guidance to response personnel undertaking operational tasks.

NASOPs underpin established biosecurity response arrangements and describe the actions typically undertaken during a response to an incident. As some elements of NASOPs are generic in nature, it may be necessary for jurisdictions to develop local procedures and work instructions, to further support the application of the NASOPs.

NASOPs cover a wide range of topics – and although many have been developed in the context of an emergency animal disease (EAD) response, most will have application in all types of biosecurity incidents. NASOPs are prepared using a template to ensure consistency of format and contents. Each NASOP has information on:

  1. Purpose
  2. Application/scope
  3. Resources/equipment
  4. Warnings
  5. Description of activities
  6. References
  7. Appendices (where applicable)

EAD-specific NASOPs are prepared by the Sub-Committee on Emergency Animal Disease (SCEAD), a sub-committee of Animal Health Committee (AHC), which has representation from the Australian Government, each state and the Northern Territory Government, and Animal Health Australia. SCEAD is chaired by a member of AHC.

In addition to the NASOPs prepared by SCEAD, the National Biosecurity Emergency Preparedness Expert Group (expert group) has accepted responsibility for the development of NASOPs that are of a generic nature and have application to all biosecurity responses. The NASOPs developed by the expert group are also included on the AHA website to provide a single point of access to all available NASOPs.

Comments on NASOPs, or any questions you may have, can be directed to:

National Biosecurity Emergency Preparedness Expert Group
Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
PO Box 858, Canberra ACT 2600

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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