Wildlife Exotic Disease Preparedness Program

Opinions included in the material appearing on this website do not necessarily represent those of the Wildlife Exotic Disease Preparedness Program, the Department or the Australian Government.

The WEDPP is a joint program involving the Australian Government and state and territory governments that commenced in 1984-85.

WEDPP's mission is to improve Australia's emergency animal disease preparedness through the development of strategies to monitor, prevent, control or eradicate emergency diseases in wildlife and feral animals that threaten Australia's livestock industries.

In recent years more emphasis has been placed on improving wildlife surveillance, and for Australia to gain a better knowledge of potential pathogens in the general environment.

The specific objectives of WEDPP are:

  1. To enhance and refine technologies for the surveillance, containment and control of wildlife in order to improve Australia's animal disease preparedness capability.

  2. To develop a national cadre of competent personnel to perform wildlife disease control roles in an emergency animal disease incident; and promote the integration of animal health and wildlife personnel and activities for better animal health outcomes.

  3. To assist with the development of Australia's animal disease preparedness with an emphasis on developing wildlife strategies and procedures for AUSVETPLAN.

The program has been instrumental in generating awareness of the potential role of wildlife and feral animals in the spread of exotic diseases. The program has also facilitated the development of control and eradication payments.

Information about current and completed projects are provided below.

Note: Reports published on this page may not meet Australian Government accessibility requirements as they have not been prepared by the department. To obtain an accessible version please contact the document's author.

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WEDPP project 2012-2013
Project NumberProject
1Core Funding for the Australian Wildlife Health Network – New South Wales
2Preparing for rabies: incursion pathways among free–ranging and domestic dogs – New South Wales
3A biogeographic and ecological approach to wildlife health surveillance in Sahul – New South Wales
4Social analysis of the Australian Wildlife Health Network Digest readership between populations – New South Wales





WEDPP projects 2008-09
Project NumberProject

Northern Connections – Movements Of Birds Between Australia and Near Northern Neighbours

2The Zoological Parks Board Of NSW - Australian Wildlife Health Network
3Maintenance of a Coronavirus in a Population of Australian Bats
4Feral Animals as Hosts of Exotic Disease
5Destroy and Let Lie Disposal Project
6Improving the Relevance and Efficiency of Wild Bird Surveillance for Avian Influenza


Identifying and Mapping Hendra Virus Strain Diversity


WEDPP projects 2007-08
Project NumberProject

Northern Connections – Movements Of Birds Between Australia And Near Northern Neighbours (No final report available)

2The Zoological Parks Board Of NSW - Australian Wildlife Health Network
3Improved Characterisation Of Avian Influenza Subtypes By PCR DOCX [543 KB, 10 pages]
4Disease Surveillance And Epidemiological Investigations In Australian Fur Seals DOCX [62 KB, 5 pages]
6Field Study On The Prevalence Of Different Rabbit Caliciviruses In South Eastern Australia (No final report provided)
8Training Course In Exotic Animal Disease Preparedness For Free-Ranging Wildlife And Feral Animal Personnel (No final report provided)


Review Of Wildlife Exotic Disease Preparedness In Australia – Workshop Proceedings, April 2008 DOCX [983 KB, 45 pages]

Research on Wildlife Disease Preparedness in Australia - Wendy R Henderson (2008) DOCX msword [508 KB, 91 pages]


2006-07 WEDPP projects
Project NumberProject

Northern Connections – Movements Of Birds Between Australia And Near Northern Neighbours

2The Zoological Parks Board Of NSW - Australian Wildlife Health Network
3Determination Of Optimal Sampling And Transport Conditions For Enhanced Detection Of Avian Influenza And Newcastle Disease Viruses DOCX [2 MB, 45 pages]
4Virological And Molecular Characterisation Of Variant Newcastle Disease Virus In Wild Bird Species With Specific Emphasis On Waders And Ibises


2005-06 WEDPP projects
Project NumberProject

The Zoological Parks Board of NSW - Australian Wildlife Health Network

AWHNOIE Report 2005
AWHN Annual Report 2008-09 PDF [3 MB, 124 pages]

2The Genetic Structure of Austro-Indonesian Waterbird Populations

Development of Cyanide Bait for Rapid Disease Sampling and Surveillance of Wild Animals


Application of Rapid Diagnostic Tests in the Targeted Surveillance of Avian Influenza Virus within Victorian Wild Bird Populations

Application of rapid diagnostic tests in the targeted surveillance of Avian Influenza Virus within Victorian wild bird populations - Final Report 2006 PDF [397 KB, 28 pages]

6Application of Rapid Diagnostic Tests to Detect Exotic West Nile Antibodies and Virus During Surveillance of Wild Birds, Mosquito Populations and Sentinel Flocks DOCX [122 KB, 5 pages]


Surveillance for Avian Influenza Viruses in Tasmanian Wild Bird Populations
8Cross-Jurisdictional Model for Targeted Surveillance of Wild Bird Species PDF [272 KB, 25 pages]


Detecting Avian Influenza in Wild Birds in New South Wales


Avian influenza surveillance in Victorian wild birds and at-risk domestic poultry


Avian Influenza Surveillance in Wild Waterfowl in South Australia


2004-05 WEDPP projects
Project NumberProject

Feasibility of Delivering Oral Liquid Vaccines or Contraceptives to Feral Pigs

Summary Report

Related Paper
Cowled, B., Lapidge, S., Smith, M. & L. Staples. Vaccination of feral pigs (Sus scrofa) using iophenoxic acid as a simulated vaccine. Aust Vet J 2008; 86(1&2): 50-55

3Preliminary Investigations for Measuring Animal Contact Rates

Development of Rapid Molecular Surveillance Tools for the Detection of Avian Influenza Within Victorian Wild Bird Populations

Final Report - August 2005 (4WEDPP04) PDF [502 KB, 18 pages]


The Feasibility of Targeting Surveillance for Avian Influenza in Wild Birds

Targeting surveillance for avian influenza in wild birds: a pilot investigation in New South Wales: Tracey 2005 PDF [543 KB, 28 pages]

Pathogenicity of H5N1 Strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus in Australian Native Ducks

Australian Wildlife Health Network

Milestone Review Report of the AWHN PDF [209 KB, 30 pages]

AWHN OIE Report 2004


2003-04 WEDPP projects
Project NumberProject

A Novel Molecular-Ecology Approach to Ascertaining Emigration/Immigration and Potential Disease Spread in Feral Pigs

Summary Report

Related Papers

1. Spencer P., Lapidge S.Hampton J. & J. Pluske The sociogenetic structure of a controlled feral pig population Wildlife Research 2005; 32: 297-304

2. Hampton J., Spencer P., Alpers, D. et al. Molecular techniques, wildlife management and the importance of genetic population structure and dispersal : a case study with feral pigs J Appl Ecology 2004; 41 (4): 735-743

3. Spencer P., Hampton J., Lapidge S. et al An assessment of the genetic diversity and structure within and among populations of wild pigs (Sus scrofa) from Australia and Papua New Guinea. Journal of Genetics 2006; 85(1): 63-66

5Distribution and Abundance of Pest Animals in the Rangelands of Western Australia

Determining the Species of Leishmania Associated with Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Red Kangaroo (Macropus Rufus) in the Northern Territory

Summary Report

Related Papers

1. Rose K. Cutaneous leishmaniasis in red kangaroos Aust Vet J 2004; 82(7): 440

2. Rose K., Curtis J., Bladwin T. et al. Cutaneous leishmaniasis in red kangaroos: isolation and characterisation of the causative organisms Int J Parasitol 2004; 34(6): 655-664

9aAWHN - Incorporation of GIS Mapping Software in the National Wildlife Surveillance Database
9bAWHN - Targeted Surveillance Activities
10Workshop Addressing Decision Support Tools and the Management of Feral Pigs in an Emergency Animal Disease Event
12Workshop to Review Policies Associated with Avian Influenza Virus

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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