In 2015, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) audited Australia’s animal health and biosecurity system, benchmarking it against over 130 countries worldwide.
Australia received the highest competency (level five) in 38/47 criteria, with the remaining criteria all assessed at either level three or four. This confirms Australia’s reputation as a producer and exporter of safe, healthy animals and high-quality animal products.
The report highlighted Australia’s strong biosecurity measures, as well as the country’s technical proficiency in the areas of veterinary education, risk analysis and laboratory capability. They further commented on the effectiveness and transparency of coordination between veterinary services, government (both commonwealth and jurisdictional), and institutions that ensures a high level of food safety.
Such strong systems are a result of shared efforts between the industry and government. This collaboration underpins Australia strong commitment to animal health and welfare. Learn more at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/animal/health/oie.
Article Date: 6th May 2019