Declared (Notifiable) Animal Diseases

​​​​​​The legal requirements in relation to declared animal diseases are in the Biosecurity Act 2019 and associated regulations(These were previously 'List A' or 'List B' notifiable diseases under the Animal Health Act 1995​ sections 26 to 30, and Regulation 7 of the Animal Health Regulations 2016.)

These diseases are all serious, with some being zoonotic (can also infect humans).

Tasmania has two lists of declared animal diseases:

Exotic animal diseases - most of the diseases in this list are exotic to the whole of Australia, but there are a small number that occur on mainland Australia but not in Tasmania. The law requires that any suspicion of a declared exotic ('List A') disease is reported immediately to an inspector and that the owner of the suspect animals isolates them immediately, pending further investigation of the signs.

Endemic animal diseases - are known to occur in Tasmania or on the Australian mainland and some form of monitoring or control is required. The law requires that any suspicion of a declared endemic ​('List B') disease is reported immediately to an inspector. There is no legal requirement to isolate the suspect animals pending further investigation of the signs, but owners are strongly urged to take all reasonable steps to prevent any spread of those diseases that are contagious.

In addition, there are two further categories of animal disease that must be reported:

New disease: any suspect case of a new disease (not believed to be currently in Tasmania) must be reported immediately to an inspector.

Unknown disease: any disease that is causing deaths or production losses and which is not readily diagnosed is deemed to be an unknown disease. Any unknown disease must also be reported immediately to an inspector or investigated by a veterinarian and the suspect animals isolated pending further investigation of the signs.

To report any of these animal diseases phone the Emergency Disease Hotline 1800 675 888 (all hours).

There are penalties for failing to report one of these animal diseases, and for failing to isolate animals suspected of being infected with one of these animal diseases.

For further information on animal diseases or on Tasmania's legal requirements relating to declared animal diseases, email, or call 03 6165 3777.​​

Exotic Animal Diseases ('List A')

Diseases associated with multiple terrestrial animal species
Infection with Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax)
Infection with Australian bat lyssavirus 
Bluetongue (clinical disease)
Infection with Borna disease virus 
Infection with Brucella canis
Infection with Camelpox virus
Infection with Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas disease)
Infection with Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus
Encephalitides (tick-borne) 
Epizootic haemorrhagic disease (clinical disease)
Infection with foot and mouth disease virus 
Infection with Ehrlichia canis (Ehrlichiosis)
Infection with Ehrlichia ruminantium (Heartwater)
Infection with Echinococcus multilocularis
Infection with Japanese encephalitis virus 
Infection with ovine herpesvirus-2 or alcelaphine herpesvirus-1 (malignant catarrhal fever, wildebeest-associated)
Infection with Pseudogymnoascus destructans in bats (White Nose Syndrome)
Infection with rabies virus 
Infection with Rift Valley fever virus 
Infection with rinderpest virus 
Infestation with Cochliomyia hominivorax (New World screwworm)
Infestation with Chrysomya bezziana (Old World Screwworm)
Infection with Mycobacterium bovis
Infection with Mycobacterium caprae
Infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Infection with Trypanosoma evansi (Surra)
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, chronic wasting disease of deer, feline spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie)
Infection with Trichinella spp.
Trypanosomosis (tsetse fly associated)
Infection with Francisella tularensis (Tularaemia)
Infection with vesicular stomatitis virus 
Infestation with Warble-fly (warble-fly myiasis)
West Nile virus infection (clinical disease)

Diseases associated with cattle
Haemorrhagic septicaemia (Infection with Pasteurella multocida serotypes 6:b and 6:e)
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)

Diseases associated with sheep and goats
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 Sheep pox and goat pox virus
Infection with Wesselbron virus 
Pulmonary adenomatosis (Jaagsiekte)

Diseases associated with equines
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 encephalosis 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 Taylorella equigenitalis (contagious equine metritis)
Infection with Trypanosoma equiperdum (dourine)

Diseases associated with swine
Infection with African swine fever virus
Infection with Aujeszky’s disease virus
Infection with Bungowannah virus
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 Teschovirus A (porcine enteroviral encephalomyelitis)
Infection with transmissible gastroenteritis coronavirus
Infection with vesicular exanthema of swine virus
Post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome

Diseases associated with birds
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 Mycoplasma iowae
Infection with infectious bursal disease virus (hypervirulent and exotic antigenic variant forms)
Infection with Newcastle disease virus (virulent)
Infection with Salmonella gallinarum (fowl typhoid)

Diseases associated with bees
Africanised honey bees
Infestation of honey bees with Acarapis woodi (Acariasis tracheal mite)
Infestation of bees with Tropilaelaps clareae or Tropilaelaps mercedesae (Tropilaelaps mite)
Infestation of bees with Varroa destructor or Varroa jacobsoni (Varroosis) 

Diseases associated with finfish
Bacterial kidney disease (Renibacterium salmoninarum)
Channel catfish virus disease
Enteric redmouth disease (Yersinia ruckeri – Hagerman strain)
Infection with epizootic haematopoietic necrosis virus
European catfish virus / European sheatfish virus
Furunculosis (Aeromonas salmonicida subsp. salmonicida)
Infection with Singapore grouper iridovirus (ranavirus)
Infection with Aphanomyces invadans (epizootic ulcerative syndrome)
Infection with Gyrodactylus salaris
Infection with infectious salmon anaemia virus
Infection with salmon alphavirus
Infection with infectious haematopoietic necrosis virus
Infectious pancreatic necrosis
Infection with infectious spleen and kidney necrosis virus
Infection with Koi herpesvirus (Cyprinid herpesvirus 3)
Oncorhynchus masou virus disease
Piscirickettsiosis (Piscirickettsia salmonis)
Infection with Red sea bream iridoviral disease
Sealice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis)
Infection with spring viraemia of carp virus
Infection with Tilapia lake virus (TiLV) disease
Viral encephalopathy and retinopathy
Infection with ​viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus
Whirling disease (Myxobolus cerebralis)

Diseases associated with molluscs
Infection with Bonamia exitiosa 
Infection with Bonamia ostreae 
Infection with Mikrocytos mackini
Infection with Marteilia refringens 
Infection with Marteilia sydneyi 
Infection with Marteilioides chungmuensis 
Infection with Perkinsus marinus 
Infection with Perkinsus olseni
Infection with Xenohalitotis californiensis 
Haplosporidium nelsoni infection in shellfish 
Nocardiosis of shellfish 

Diseases associated with crustaceans
Acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease
Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei 
Gill-associated virus
Infection with Aphanomyces astaci (crayfish plague)
Infection with Hepatobacter penaei (necrotising hepatopancreatitis)
Infection with infectious hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis virus
Infection with Macrobrachium rosenbergii nodavirus (white tail disease)
Infection with myonecrosis virus 
Infection with Taura syndrome virus 
Infection with white spot syndrome virus 
Infection with yellow head virus genotype 1
Monodon slow growth syndrome

Diseases associated with amphibians
Infection with Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans
Infection with Ranavirus species 

Endemic Animal Diseases ('List B')

Diseases associated with multiple terrestrial animal species
Infection with Chlamydia psittaci (avian psittacosis)
Devil Facial Tumour Disease
Infection with Echinococcus granulosus (Hydatid disease)
Infection with Leishmania spp. 
Infection with Leptospirosis interrogans serovars 
Infection with Listeria monocytogenes
Paratuberculosis (Johne's disease)
Infection with Coxiella burnetii (Q fever)
Salmonellosis (clinical disease)
Infection with Verotoxic E. coli

Diseases associated with cattle
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)
Infestation with Taenia saginata (Cysticercus bovis)

Diseases associated with sheep and goats
Infection with Brucella ovis (Ovine brucellosis) 
Infection with Salmonella abortus-ovis

Diseases associated with equine species
Infection with equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1) 
Infection with equine infectious anaemia virus
Infection with equine arteritis virus 
Infection with Salmonella abortus-equi

Diseases associated with swine
Infection with Brucella suis
Infection with Taenia solium (Porcine cysticercosis / Cysticercus cellulosae)

Diseases associated with birds
Infection with Mycobacterium avium (avian tuberculosis)
Infection with Salmonella Enteritidis in poultry
Infection with Salmonella Pullorum (Pullorum disease)

Diseases associated with bees
Infection of bees with Melissococcus plutonius (European foulbrood)
Infection of bees with Paenibacillus larvae (American foulbrood)
Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida)

Diseases associated with finfish
Infection with Aeromonas salmonicida - atypical strains (marine aeromonad disease, goldfish ulcer disease)
Enteric septicaema of catfish (Edwardsiella ictaluri)
Infection with Rickettsia-like organism (RLO) of salmonids
Infection with Pilchard orthomyxo virus (POMV)
Infection with Lactococcus garvieae (Streptococcosis of salmonids)
Infection with aquatic birnavirus

Diseases associated with molluscs
Infection with Abalone herpesvirus (Haliotid herpesvirus-1)
Bonamia species infection in shellfish, other than Bonamia ostreae infection in shellfish or Bonamia exitiosus infection in shellfish
Infection with Ostreid herpesvirus-1 

Diseases associated with amphibians
Infection with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidi

For further information:


Animal Disease Enquiries
13 St Johns Avenue
New Town TAS 7008
Phone: 03 6165 3777