Our Horse Industry Emergency Disease Obligations

On the 3rd March 2011,  horse industry representatives signed the Emergency Animal Disease Cost Sharing Agreement (EADRA) on the lawns of Parliament House, Canberra. EADRA is a formal, legally binding agreement between Animal Health Australia, the Australian Government, all state and territory governments and the horse organisations. The Racing Australia, Harness Racing Australia, Equestrian Australia and the Australian Horse Industry Council signed on behalf of the whole horse industry after some eight years of very busy – and at times quite controversial – national consultation.

The EADRA deed signing is coupled with an emergency disease response cost recovery mechanism. Subsequently, after Royal Assent on 14 Oct. 2014, the Horse Disease Response Levy Act 2011 and the  Horse Disease Response Levy Collection Act 2011  came into being. EADRA allows the horse industry to take an active part with all stakeholders in biosecurity planning and decision making, using the agreed protocols as outlined in AUSVETPLAN. The cost recovery from industry is a $0 based levy, of which the amount will only be determined and collected when a disease outbreak is declared. The levy is collected on de-wormers and manufactured feed.

Watch the official EADRA signing video here (4.35 mins)

Horse SA  undertook a role working with Animal Health Australia on the drafting the Horse Venue Biosecurity Workbook– launched at the same event.

Whilst discussed at length during negotiations, no national unique identification database for horses has yet been established; however, most states of Australia now require
Property Identification Codes. In SA this is a legal requirement for properties with one or more horse(s).

Horse SA attends the Australian Horse Industry Council Industry Advisory Group. Agenda items include Animal Health Australia reports, welfare and safety.



Biosecurity tagThe National Exotic Disease Reporting Hotline  1800 675 888






Educational webinar recording: Biosecurity tips for horse events

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Biosecurity Glovebox Guide: Download here  Biosecurity_LR-2.pdf

Emergency Animal Disease Online Course (Foundation)


PIRSA information


PIRSA  has info on Property Identification Codes, disinfection procedures, Hendra protocols etc.


Useful Links:

Farm Biosecurity booklet to download as to what you can and can’t bring into SA and from what state e.g. hay

DPI New South Wales Biosecurity Planning for Event Organisers

DPI  Queensland Information page on biosecurity and animal diseases


Domestic Quarantine- quick guide as to what you can bring into SA from what state including info on hay

Farm Biosecurity– Info on moving hay and how to protect your horse property

Livestock Biosecurity Network