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Biosecurity emergencies

Biosecurity emergencies are caused by pests (including locusts), diseases and weeds that adversely impact on on the economy, environment and community. Biosecurity emergencies do not include commonly occurring incidents which are within the capacity of NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to deal with.

DPI under the NSW State Emergency Management Plan (EMPLAN) is the appointed combat agency for biosecurity (animal and plant) emergencies and will lead other agencies in prevention of, preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies affecting animals and plants, both terrestrial and aquatic.


Current situation for Biosecurity emergencies


We can all play a part in preventing and preparing for biosecurity emergencies. For more information click on the links below.

Key contacts

Reporting emergenciesTelephone
Emergency plant pest reporting1800 084 881
Aquatic pests and diseases02 4916 3877 (recorded 24 hour hotline)
Australian Maritime Safety Authority1800 641 792 (24 hours)
Emergency animal diseases1800 675 888 (24 hour hotline)
FeedbackEmail
DPI Emergency Management Unit Comments and feedback regarding information contained on these pages to emergency.preparedness@dpi.nsw.gov.au