Animal Biosecurity

Animal biosecurity is primarily about minimising the risk of serious disease.  It is also about early diagnosis of a serious disease outbreak and prompt action to prevent its spread.  For organisational reasons, animal welfare is included in the  responsibilities of DPIPWE's Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Branch.
See also: Importing Animals

Please note that "animal" includes poultry, fish and vertebrate wildlife.

In this Topic

  • Animal Health
    Tasmania's biosecurity depends on owners and those who work with animals incorporating good biosecurity practice into their everyday management, including being able to recognise the signs of disease - early diagnosis is important.
  • Animal Health Laboratories
    A general description of the Animal Health Laboratories including the Water Microbiology Laboratory and Aquatic Animal Health and Vaccines Centre of Excellence, Mt Pleasant Laboratories, Prospect, Tasmania.
  • Animal Welfare
    People who own, manage or otherwise care for animals are responsible for their welfare.
  • Biosecurity for Animal Shows and Events
    Biosecurity guidelines for horse events and poultry/bird shows.
  • Veterinary Board of Tasmania
    For the registration of veterinary surgeons, and the regulation of veterinary practice in Tasmania.

​Links to information on vertebrate pests:

Feral cats



Poisons and Animal Pests - Regulations


Animal Biosecurity & Welfare Branch
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 1300 368 550