The Australian Animal Health Laboratory is the world's most advanced biosecure laboratory.
Safeguarding Australia against infectious diseases
We protect the health of Australia's people, animals, environment and trade through our research to detect and control infectious diseases.
27 May 2008 | Updated 3 July 2012
Emerging infectious diseases pose a constant threat to human health and wellbeing as well as to Australia's environment, industries and trade.
Zoonotic pathogens, which can pass from animals to humans, pose a risk to Australia's health and trade.
We are taking a ‘One Health’ approach –a collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.
Our research aims to transform animal biosecurity by reducing the risk of invasion or emergence of infectious diseases, and by limiting the spread of disease during a potential outbreak.
We are studying new and emerging zoonotic diseases – those that can pass from animals to people – such as bird flu and Hendra virus, as well as vector-borne (insect-borne) diseases of livestock.
Our researchers are providing surveillance of diseases and infection threats, creating tools for rapid detection and control of disease outbreaks, and studying safe ways of developing animals that are naturally resistant to infectious diseases.
Our biosecure facilities at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory are ideally suited to conducting such research, ensuring the safety of our staff and the Australian community and environment.
Our research and outcomes
Our key collaborators and supporters include:
Learn more about research at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory.