Market Assurance Programs

Animal Health Australia (AHA) works with the Australian livestock industries and the state departments of primary industries to manage the Australian Johne’s Disease Market Assurance Programs (MAPs), which highlights herds and flocks with a low risk of infection.

How MAPs provide buyer assurance

How to find a MAP flock or herd

Purpose of the MAPs

Why MAPs are a long-term commitment

How livestock producers can join the MAPs

How veterinarians can offer MAP services

How MAPs are audited

How to promote your MAP status

Different MAPs for different livestock


Animal Health Australia (AHA) manages Australia’s JD Market Assurance Program for Alpaca (AlpacaMAP) to help producers identify and promote their low risk of JD infection.

Members of the Australian Alpaca Association (AAA), Australian Camelid Veterinary Association, Animal Health Committee and the National Johne’s Disease Coordinator developed AlpacaMAP with advice from the Australian, state and territory governments.

Note – AlpacaMAP is still running, but very low numbers of participants mean that this may not be the case once Q Alpaca is reviewed by the AAA.

AlpacaMAP manual

AHA released version 1 of the AlpacaMAP manual in 2001 and version 2 in 2005.

In 2010, a pooled faecal culture test for alpaca was approved and added to the AlpacaMAP manual as Appendix 13. Appendix 13 will be incorporated when the manual is next revised.

Declarations and audit documents

Access the Farm Biosecurity toolkit for the Alpaca Herd Declaration for Show and Sales, which was revised in 2006.

Download the AlpacaMAP audit checklist (xls – 102 KB)  to prepare the AlpacaMAP internal and external reviews.

Q Alpaca

Q Alpaca is a voluntary alpaca quality assurance program maintained by the AAA. Alpaca growers who participate in Q Alpaca work with MAP-approved veterinarians.

Q Alpaca is currently under review.

Visit the AAA website for more information about the program.


Animal Health Australia (AHA) manages the Australian JD Market Assurance Program for Goats (GoatMAP) to help producers identify and promote their low risk of JD infection.

The GoatMAP is an essential component of the Johne’s disease control and eradication programs which operate in some states. The role of the MAP in these programs is to:

  • provide a source of low risk replacement goats for those herds who want to avoid introducing infection
  • allow herds to demonstrate their status in a transparent way so that they can sell breeding or herd replacement goats with confidence
  • reduce the risk of Johne’s disease being spread at events such as shows and sales.

GoatMAP manual

The current version of the GoatMAP manual, released in 2009, contains updates about the use of the pooled faecal culture test and vaccination in goat flocks.

The GoatMAP manual is reviewed and amended from time to time. Be sure to access the current version of the GoatMAP manual and forms from this website.

Sample agreement

GoatMAP forms

Download GoatMAP forms below:


Animal Health Australia (AHA) manages the Australian Johne’s Disease Market Assurance Program for Sheep (SheepMAP) to help producers identify and promote their low risk of Johne’s disease.

Introduced in 1997, SheepMAP aims to reduce the impact of ovine Johne’s disease (JD) on the Australian sheep flock, to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the sheepmeat and wool industries in Australia. It does this through on-farm biosecurity practices, testing and vaccination.

Find a SheepMAP flock

SheepMAP manual

The SheepMAP manual covers the background to the program, how it is managed, brief details of how testing operates and the review processes in place.

How to establish and maintain a SheepMAP flock is detailed in the Rules and Guidelines manual.

Order a hard copy of the SheepMap manual here.

SheepMAP forms

Download the SheepMAP forms below:

Compulsory forms

The following documents are requirements of SheepMAP:

Recommended forms

The following documents are not requirements of SheepMAP but are provided as a resource or reference point:

Advice for veterinarians

Flock certificate and status notification forms are included in the current SheepMAP Forms and Resources but please check with your state MAP coordinator before using the flock certificate form.

In some states, the department of primary industries will issue the flock certificate directly. In others, the state MAP coordinator will advise the veterinarian of the number to record on the flock certificate.

All vaccinated sheep must be identified with an NLIS (Sheep) tag that contains the property identification code (PIC) or a number with the letter ‘V’. The flock status will also include a ‘V’ to indicate that it is vaccinated (e.g. MN2-V).

All SheepMAP flocks are required to have an annual review (internal audit) by the MAP-approved veterinarian and comply with the other SheepMAP requirements, including an external audit once every 3 years (currently on hold). Producers can select their preferred quality auditor from a list of approved auditors and arrange for the external audit to be held in conjunction with other industry quality audits, such as those required by the LPA programs.

Reviews of SheepMAP

SheepMAP 2018 Review

GHD undertook a consultative review of SheepMAP in 2018. WPA and SPA considered their recommendations and agreed that SheepMAP will continue. It has now been revised to meet the previous technical review recommendations.


CattleMAP for the beef and dairy cattle industries ceased on 1 Nov 2016. See the Johne’s disease in cattle page for how JD is managed now.

MAP training

AHA maintains a MAP training program and associated resources to assist veterinarians to complete the training necessary to meet the requirements of the MAP.

Learn more.

MAP coordinator contacts

New South Wales

MAP Administrator
NSW Department of Primary Industries
PO Box 232
Phone: 02 6552 3000


All MAPs
Joanne Mollinger
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Ph: (07) 3087 8140

South Australia

AlpacaMAP and GoatMAP
Dr Jeremy Rogers
State Flora, Bremer Rd, Murray Bridge
PO Box 469 Murray Bridge SA 5253
Ph: (08) 8539 2110
Fax: (08) 8539 2120

Rachel van Dissel
Primary Industries and Regions South Australia
Ph: (08)  8568 6417


MAP Administration
Pritishna Chand
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
475 Mickleham Road
Attwood VIC 3049
0459 865 074


Debbie Grull
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
PO Box 303
Devonport TAS 7310
Ph: (03) 6478 4121

Western Australia

Courtenay Bombara
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Narrogin, Western Australia 6312
Ph: (08) 9780 6185