African swine fever
Our Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) was built to help protect Australia's livestock industries from disease threats such as African swine fever (ASF), and our scientists are well prepared to help and respond.
Strengthening PNG against animal diseases
We’ve partnered with Papua New Guinea to help strengthen the country’s ability to prevent and control serious animal diseases.
Our scientists at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) help track the constant evolution of avian influenza strains including those that have the potential to change from low pathogenicity to high pathogenicity.
Partnership with Indonesia's animal health laboratory
Our Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) has a strong tradition of strengthening animal health laboratory capacity in detecting, preventing and controlling existing and emerging diseases throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus is a potentially fatal disease that infects about 100,000 people worldwide every year. Caused by an arbovirus (an arthropod-borne virus), it is transmitted by mosquitoes.
In 2020, staff at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) confirmed that dogs from the Kimberley region of Western Australia were infected with the disease canine ehrlichiosis, previously not detected in Australia.
Prepared for foot-and-mouth disease
While Australia has been free of foot-and-mouth disease since 1872, the disease is still considered the most serious biosecurity threat to our livestock industries today.
New Hendra virus
Scientists at our Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) have found a new genetic type of Hendra virus in flying foxes across a broad range of Australia.
New and emerging diseases
ACDP and NIAH entered into a partnership under a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Laboratory Twinning Project to increase the capacity for NIAH to diagnose and respond to new and emerging diseases in the Asia-pacific region.
Our scientists are conducting research, development and preclinical evaluation of medical countermeasures for dangerous pathogens affecting humans and animals at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), including the ongoing coronavirus crisis (2019-nCoV).
Aquatic animal health
Our scientists at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) are working with a number of veterinary laboratories in Vietnam to protect and enhance aquatic animal health in the country.
ACDP Services and Emergency Response
Animal disease outbreaks
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.
Aquatic animal testing
The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) Fish Diseases Laboratory provides diagnostic services for exotic and emerging diseases, export certification testing and health surveillance. These are available for finfish, molluscs and crustaceans.
Our Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) is NATA accredited to provide a wide range of testing to determine innocuity of materials, exclude adventitious agents and for other specialised purposes.
Provision of reagents
Our range of reagents for purchase are suitable for veterinary diagnostic assays including serology, molecular biology and bacteriology.
We offer a testing service for animal owners to certify their animals meet international quarantine standards for import or export.
Accessing our facilities
Explore here how the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) world-class facilities may be available to facilitate your research.