Australia has strong biosecurity systems in place to protect people, plants, animals and our economy. For example, the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN) guides our response to disease emergencies in farm animals. Wildlife Health Australia developed Guidelines for management of an emergency wildlife disease response to ensure that we can equally well respond to disease emergencies in wildlife, including in terrestrial, marine and aquatic environments.
Biotext edited the guidelines to ensure that they were as clear as possible for emergency managers, and to make them consistent with AUSVETPLAN. The guidelines aim to deliver consistent, reproducible, structured and systematic responses across Australian states and territories, the Australian Government and any partner organisations.