Protecting the NT from African swine fever


African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in Timor-Leste, and the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) has been working with the community and industry to help keep Australia free of the disease, including developing a suite of in-language information materials.

ASF is a contagious disease of pigs (that doesn’t affect human health), that would devastate the pork industry valued at $5.3 billion, seriously impact Australian agriculture and have significant social and economic impacts.

The department is working in partnership with the Australian government community and industry to educate travellers to the Northern Territory (NT) by raising awareness of biosecurity restrictions.

Darwin is the gateway for the Timor-Leste seasonal worker program, which is critical to our agricultural industry and provides vital opportunities and economic benefits between our countries.

This partnership attract seasonal workers to fill employment gaps unable to be met by the Australian workforce, and the development of a suite of in-language materials to support traveller education and border protection.

The information materials are translated in Tetum, Chinese, Thai, Khmer, Indonesian, Vietnamese and Filipino.

The NT shares the responsibility to protect Australia against ASF. Do your bit by:

  • declaring all products specified on your incoming passenger card
  • reporting any international mail containing meat, animal products or farm equipment and any other biosecurity concerns to the See.Secure.Report hotline 1800 798 636.

The spread of ASF has been linked to domestic and feral pigs consuming swill (meat products, or products that have come into contact with meat that is infected with the ASF virus). It can also be transmitted by exposure to contaminated items such as equipment, vehicles, clothing and footwear.

The NT Government is also asking pig owners and pig hunters to remain vigilant for ASF as this serious disease continues to spread through neighbouring regions.

If hunting and a sick or deceased pig is observed, please contact the Emergency Animal Disease hotline on 1800 675 888. Do not come into contact with or move any pigs that are sick or found deceased.

For more information go to the NT Government website.

African Swine Fever

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