AAHL helps protect Australia’s multi-billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries, and the general public, from emerging infectious disease threats. It is a high-containment facility designed to allow scientific research into the most dangerous infectious agents in the world.
Our national Australian Animal Health Laboratory facility is a vital part of Australia’s biosecurity infrastructure. We work closely with veterinary and human health agencies globally, as about 70 per cent of emerging infectious diseases in people originate in animals.
What makes the Australian Animal Health Laboratory unique is its advanced technology and infrastructure allowing research and diagnostics that require the highest level of biosecurity and biosafety within a laboratory environment.
AAHL has evolved over the years to keep pace with disease trends. We now work to find solutions to infectious diseases affecting people as well as animals.
We have diagnostic services and reagents available as commercial services. This is in addition to our role in emergency response and accredited testing for diseases in terrestrial and aquatic animals.
Despite Australia's strict quarantine procedures, there is a risk that an exotic animal disease could be introduced. Our quality-assured diagnostic tests are critical to the success of surveillance programs and to the accurate diagnosis and control of outbreaks. We can respond rapidly to disease outbreaks of national impact.
Our team at AAHL is helping track avian influenza in Indonesia using molecular mapping.