National list of notifiable animal diseases

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​​​What is a 'notifiable' disease?

A notifiable disease is one that must be reported to agricultural authorities.

If you suspect or can confirm that an animal is showing symptoms of one of the diseases listed below, you must report it to:

  • your local vet or
  • your state or territory's department of primary industries or agriculture by phoning the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

The diseases listed below are a major threat to Australian livestock industries and our access to overseas export markets.


The national list of notifiable animal diseases was agreed by the Animal Health Committee based on the list of Diseases Notifiable to the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health). Endemic diseases are included for surveillance purposes to detect unusual incidents involving mortality or sickness of animals and diseases of public health significance.

State and territory lists

The requirement to report notifiable disease is contained in individual state and territory legislation.

State and territory notifiable animal disease lists contain all the diseases in the national list but can include others specific to that state or territory.

National list of notifiable diseases of terrestrial animals at April 2019

Multiple species diseases, infections and infestations
Bluetongue (clinical disease)
Encephalitides (tick borne)
Epizootic haemorrhagic disease (clinical disease)
Infection with Australian bat lyssavirus
Infection with Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax)
Infection with Borna disease virus
Infection with Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus
Infection with Echinococcus multilocularis
Infection with Ehrlichia ruminantium (Heartwater)
Infection with foot and mouth disease virus
Infection with Francisella tularensis (Tularaemia)
Infection with Japanese encephalitis virus
Infection with Leishmania spp.
Infection with Mycobacterium bovis
Infection with Mycobacterium caprae
Infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Infection with alcelaphine herpesvirus-1 (malignant catarrhal fever, wildebeest-associated)
Infection with rabies virus
Infection with Rift Valley fever virus
Infection with rinderpest virus
Infection with Trichinella spp.
Infection with Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas disease)
Infection with Trypanosoma evansi (Surra)
Infection with vesicular stomatitis virus
Infestation with Chrysomya bezziana (Old World Screwworm)
Infestation with Cochliomyia hominivorax (New World screwworm)
Infestation with Warble-fly (warble-fly myiasis)
Paratuberculosis (Johne’s disease)
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, chronic wasting disease of deer, feline spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie)
Trypanosomosis (tsetse fly associated)
West Nile Virus (clinical disease)

Cattle diseases, infections and infestations
Haemorrhagic septicaemia (Infection with Pasteurella multocida serotypes 6:b and 6:e)
Infection with Anaplasma marginale (bovine anaplasmosis) in tick free areas
Infection with Babesia bovis, B. bigemina or B. divergens (bovine babesiosis) in tick free areas
Infection with bovine leukaemia virus (enzootic bovine leucosis)
Infection with bovine virus diarrhoea virus (type 2)
Infection with Brucella abortus
Infection with Jembrana disease virus
Infection with louping ill virus
Infection with lumpy skin disease virus
Infection with Mycoplasma mycoides subsp. mycoides SC (contagious bovine pleuropneumonia)
Infection with Theileria parva (East Coast fever) or T.annulata (Mediterranean theileriosis)
Infestation with Taenia saginata (cysticercus bovis)

Sheep and goat diseases, infections and infestations
Contagious agalactia (clinical disease)
Infection with Brucella melitenisis
Infection with Chlamydophila abortus (enzootic abortion of ewes, ovine chlamydiosis)
Infection with Mycoplasma capricolum subsp. capripneumoniae (contagious caprine pleuropneumonia)
Infection with Nairobi sheep disease virus
Infection with peste des petits ruminants virus
Infestation with Psoroptes ovis (sheep scab)
Infection with Salmonella abortus-ovis (salmonellosis)
Infection with sheep pox virus or goat pox virus
Infection with Wesselbron virus
Pulmonary adenomatosis (Jaagsiekte)

Equine diseases and infections
Infection with African horse sickness virus
Infection with Babesia caballi B. equi, or Theileria equi (Equine piroplasmosis)
Infection with Burkholderia mallei (Glanders)
Infection with Eastern, Western or Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis viruses
Infection with equine arteritis virus
Infection with equine encephalosis virus
Infection with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)
Infection with equine infectious anaemia virus
Infection with equine influenza virus
Infection with Getah virus
Infection with Hendra virus
Infection with Histoplasma farciminosum (epizootic lymphangitis)
Infection with Neorickettsia risticii (Potomac fever)
Infection with Salmonella abortus-equi
Infection with Taylorella equigenitalis (contagious equine metritis)
Infection with Trypanosoma equiperdum (dourine)

Swine diseases and infections
Infection with African swine fever virus
Infection with Aujeszky’s disease virus (pseudorabies virus)
Infection with Brucella suis
Infection with Bungowannah virus (porcine myocarditis virus or atypical porcine pestivirus)
Infection with classical swine fever virus
Infection with Influenza A viruses in swine
Infection with Menangle virus
Infection with Nipah virus
Infection with porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus
Infection with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus
Infection with Seneca Valley virus (Senecavirus A)
Infection with swine vesicular disease virus
Infection with Taenia solium (Porcine cysticercosis)
Infection with Teschovirus A (porcine enteroviral encephalomyelitis)
Infection with transmissible gastroenteritis coronavirus
Infection with vesicular exanthema of swine virus
Post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome

Avian diseases and infections
Duck virus hepatitis
Infection with Influenza A viruses in birds
Infection with avian metapneumovirus (Turkey rhinotracheitis)
Infection with duck herpesvirus 1 (duck viral enteritis/duck plague)
Infection with Mycobacterium avium (avian tuberculosis) in birds
Infection with Mycoplasma iowae
Infection with infectious bursal disease virus (very virulent and exotic antigenic variant forms)
Infection with Newcastle disease virus (virulent)
Infection with Salmonella Enteritidis in poultry
Infection with Salmonella Gallinarum (fowl typhoid)
Infection with Salmonella Pullorum (Pullorum disease)

Other diseases and infections
Devil Facial Tumour Disease
Infection with Brucella canis
Infection with Camelpox virus
Infection with Ehrlichia canis (Ehrlichiosis)
Infection with Pseudogymnoascus destructans in bats (White Nose Syndrome)

National list of notifiable diseases of bees at November 2015

1  Infection of bees with Paenibacillus larvae (American foulbrood)
2  Infection of bees with Melissococcus plutonius (European foulbrood)
3  Infestation of bees with Acarapis woodi (Acariasis tracheal mite)
4  Infestation of bees with Tropilaelaps clareae or T. mercedesae (Tropilaelaps mite)
5  Infestation of bees with Varroa destructor or V. jacobsoni (Varroosis)

For further information contact the Animal Health Secretariat.

Last reviewed: 12 August 2021
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