Supporting market access

Animal Health Australia manages the National Animal Health Information Program (NAHIP). It is an ongoing collaboration between governments, livestock industries and Wildlife Health Australia to collate surveillance and monitoring data and provide an overview of animal health in Australia. The program maintains a database management system named the National Animal Health information System (NAHIS) and produces the Animal Health Surveillance Quarterly Report and Animal Health in Australia Report.

The NAHIS is a web-based database management system enabling online submission to discrete data projects, automation of data analysis and summary, and provision of customised output reports. A subset of jurisdiction-held disease investigation data are collated nationally in NAHIS.

The information in NAHIS and its associated publications supports trade in animal commodities and Australia’s international reporting obligations.

Objectives of the NAHIP are to:

  1. Collect summary data on animal health status and surveillance from the Australian, state and territory governments, and selected non-government agencies as required by Animal Health Australia members;
  2. Manage, analyse and report data to accurately reflect Australia’s animal health status as well as its surveillance and disease control activities and capabilities;
  3. Identify needs and priorities for collating and reporting summary animal health information and required enhancements to the NAHIS.

Animal Health in Australia report

AHA publishes the Animal Health in Australia (AHiA) series of reports that provide a comprehensive summary of Australia’s animal health status and system.

The AHiA System Report provides an overview of Australia’s animal health system, the organisations involved, and key programs and arrangements in place to support disease surveillance and emergency preparedness.

The AHiA Annual Report focuses on key achievements, disease investigations, surveillance activities and updates to policies and programs in the 2019 and 2020 calendar years.

AHiA supports trade and market access for Australian agriculture and provides information for livestock industries, and forms part of Australia’s annual report to the World Organisations for Animal Health (OIE), the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide.

Animal Health Surveillance Quarterly

Animal Health Surveillance Quarterly (AHSQ) is a newsletter of the National Animal Health Information System.