FMD Ready Project

The Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) Ready Project aims to strengthen preparedness for an emergency animal disease outbreak and facilitate an earlier return to trade for Australia following control of such a disease, using FMD as a model.

Most of the FMD Ready Project’s research is now in the publication phase; however, some parts of the project were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue when overseas travel is possible.

This Project is supported by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as part of its Rural Research & Development for Profit programme, and by producer levies from Australian FMD-susceptible livestock (cattle, sheep, goats and pigs) industries and Charles Sturt University (CSU), leveraging significant in-kind support from the research partners.

The research partners for this project are the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), CSU through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, supported by Animal Health Australia (AHA).

This Project combines the expertise of research partners from several disciplines, working closely with livestock industries and jurisdictions to deliver approaches that will enhance emergency animal disease surveillance, preparedness and response in Australia.

The Project consists of four integrated sub projects that look into ways Australia can prevent, control and manage an emergency animal outbreak. These sub-projects include improving on-farm livestock surveillance, investigating response strategies, managing vaccines and determining how disease is spread.

The sub projects are:

  1. Rapid Diagnostics and Vaccination Strategy Preparedness
  2. Farmer-led surveillance
  3. Outbreak decision support tools
  4. Disease transmission path analysis


Biosecurity and surveillance chain of response

This resource was developed as part of sub-project 2.