Our facilities and services



  • Veterinary laboratories
  • Plant health laboratories
  • Greenhouses
  • Biocontainment facilities
Aerial view of EMAI


The Department of Education and Training uses the resources of Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute and Belgenny Farm for its schools education program with more than 6,000 students visiting the Centre each year.

Aerial view of EMAI farm


  • 1600ha of land
Conference centre


A conference room at EMAI is equipped with comprehensive multimedia facilities and can accommodate up to 120 people. The old granary at Belgenny is available for social and educational functions for up to 200 people.

Emergency response

The EMAI Diagnostic Laboratories underpin the NSW strategy with an ‘enabling capability’ making available the best possible disease information as near to ‘real time’ as possible. It maintains capacity to provide rapid diagnosis, and emergency response and carry out specific tests in support of State and National disease surveillance. “Surveillance Providing Early Warning”

Laboratory services

Diagnostic and research animal, plant and soil laboratories

The Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI) is the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Centre of Excellence for Plant and Animal Health. EMAI is NSW’s premier quarantine and biosecurity facility with critical infrastructure and world recognised research scientists.

EMAI diagnostic laboratories are NATA/ISO 17025 accredited. The research activities are certified to ISO 9001.

EMAI consists of the following testing facilities:

  • Veterinary laboratories providing specialist research and diagnosis in the fields of animal pathology, virology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, and parasitology.
  • A full complement of low to high laboratory and containment facilities, with Approved Arrangement Premises.
  • Plant and soil health laboratories providing pest and disease diagnosis and research for the early detection, reduction, on-going management or eradication of harmful plant pests and diseases (especially exotic plant pathogens, as part of a statewide network).

Visit laboratory customer service for enquiries relating to testing and results, quotations and pricing, couriers, sample submission and invoicing.

Lab services

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