Northern Australia Coordination Network – Enhancing preparedness for Emergency Animal Diseases in northern Australia

Emergency Animal Diseases (EAD) threaten Australia’s livestock industry, and northern Australia is one of the biggest risk pathways for a disease incursion.

Industry preparedness should be at the forefront for all stakeholders given the risks. In recognition of this, a new $4.33 million biosecurity boost for northern Australia has been announced (in 2024) – the Northern Australia Coordination Network (NACN).

In this webinar recording, join veterinarian and Queensland NACN coordinator Dr Ben Rhodes (Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Biosecurity Queensland) when he discusses:

  1. The Northern Australia Coordination Network – our purpose and activities to increase northern Australia’s capacity and capability for EAD preparedness.
  2. What are Australia’s priority EADs? – How to detect and report them.
  3. The importance of biosecurity property planning.

You can watch the full recording or use the playlist below to jump to the start of a particular section within the presentation. (34:06; published 1 May 2024 by FutureBeefAu).

Download a copy of the presentation: Northern Australia Coordination Network (PDF; 2.17 MB)

Additional resources:

Full recording


  1. Northern Australia Coordination Network (NACN)
  2. Who are we, what’s our purpose?
  3. Training activities
  4. Communication and engagement
  5. NACN key activities
  6. Northern Australia – Risk pathway
  7. Impacts (on supply chain sectors)
  8. Top 10 threats
  9. Overview: Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD)
  10. Signs: Foot-and-mouth disease
  11. FMD – disease response
  12. FMD eradication
  13. Overview: Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD)
  14. Signs: Lumpy Skin Disease
  15. LSD disease response
  16. Exotic Animal Disease (EAD) response phases
  17. Biosecurity management planning
  18. NLIS database – livestock movements
  19. Report suspected case – Emergency Animal Disease hotline.