Notifiable Animal Diseases

​​​​​​​​This page contains known endemic and exotic animal diseases that have been specifically listed as “notifiable”. This means any new detection of the disease in Tasmania (or a part of Tasmania where the disease is not known to occur) is a reportable “biosecurity event”.

Section 73​ of the Biosecurity Act 2019 (the Act) imposes mandatory notification requirements in respect of biosecurity events, which apply to specified classes of persons and require notification of the biosecurity event to an authorised officer as soon as practicable after the person becomes aware of the biosecurity event.

​​​​Exotic and emergency animal diseases

Exotic and emergency animal diseases are defined as prohibited matter​ under Section 20 of the Act. Prohibited matter is biosecurity matter or carriers assessed to be of greatest biosecurity concern. A person cannot possess or engage in any form of dealing with prohibited matter without a special permit – a prohibited matter permit.

Diseases associated with multiple terrestrial animal species

Infection with Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax)​​​​

Infection with Australian bat lyssavir​​us

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 s​crewworm)

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

Endemic animal diseases are defined as declared pests & diseases under the Act. Declared pest/disease is a fourth category of biosecurity matter established by the Biosecurity Regulations 2022 (the Regulations), see regulation 4. ​

Part 2 of the Regulations prescribe certain dealings with declared pests and disease (e.g. importing, supply and propagation) to be prohibited dealings which can only occur under a special prohibited dealing permit​.​

Regulation 18 of the Regulations prescribes the presence in Tasmania or part of Tasmania of a declared pest or disease to be a “biosecurity event” – which means (as with prohibited matter) new detections of the pest or disease in Tasmania are notifiable and must be reported to an authorised officer as soon as possible after the detection (s73 of the Act). 

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 bovisB. 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​

​​Where do I report an emergency animal disease?​

The Emergency Animal Disease Hotline number: 1800 675 888

The Emergency Animal Disease Hotline is a national 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service designed to receive reports of animal disease and direct those reports to the appropriate authorities so they can be investigated further.

When making a report to the Emergency Animal Disease hotline, make sure you include the following information:

  • The type of animal/s that appears to be sick.

  • A description of the symptoms observed in the animal and their level of severity i.e. was the animal ‘a bit sick’, ‘quite sick’, ‘very sick’ or ‘dead’? 

  • Where you observed the affected animal/s. This is VERY important.

  • Your contact details so a Government veterinarian can call you back.

  • If you are asked to leave a message PLEASE DO! ​

​​Download the Factsheet on Reporting an Emergency Animal Disease:

 Reporting an Emergency Animal Disease (PDF 147Kb)​

NOTE: If you think you have found signs of an emergency animal disease, consider calling your private veterinarian before the emergency animal disease hotline as the animal health issue may benefit from a more rapid response and early treatment and mitigation measures.

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