Technical Documents

Wildlife biosecurity guidelines

National Wildlife Biosecurity Guidelines

The National Wildlife Biosecurity Guidelines have been developed to document best practice biosecurity measures for those working with Australian wildlife. The guidelines are intended for all people who work (or interact) with wildlife including wildlife managers, researchers, veterinarians, carers and others. All organisations which work with wildlife are encouraged to use the information in these guidelines to assess their own biosecurity risks and to develop and maintain an optimum level of biosecurity for their operations. Click here for the Guidelines. WHA has also developed a one-page information sheet.

Wildlife disease response guidelines

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White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease caused by Pseudogymnoascus destructans, has caused significant mortalities of insectivorous bats in North America. P. destructans has not been identified in Australia. These guidelines have been developed by Wildlife Health Australia in consultation with stakeholder groups, to assist response agencies in the event of an incursion of this exotic disease into bats in Australia.

Disease Strategy Manual for Chytridiomycosis New window icon

This strategy sets out the disease control principles for use in an emergency incident caused by Chytridiomycosis / Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Australia. Chytridiomycosis was introduced into Australia at least by 1978 and is thought to have caused amphibian declines and extinctions in 1979. A disease investigation began in 1993 and the novel disease chytridiomycosis was found to be the cause of widespread amphibian declines and extinctions. Now the disease is widespread throughout most of its preferred range and there are only a few uninfected populations where chytridiomycosis may have an impact on conservation.


Hendra Virus Testing in Individual Flying Foxes at Necropsy - Information Document

The Bat Health Focus Group has prepared an information document with advice regarding testing of individual flying foxes for Hendra virus. It covers current knowledge, available tests and their limitations, and challenges with interpretation of results. 

This document provides information on white-nose syndrome, a disease that has not been detected in Australia, for people who come into contact with microbats (e.g. bat/wildlife carers, ecologists and other researchers and students, cavers, cave managers, park rangers, members of the public).

National Guidelines for Sample Submission - White-Nose Syndrome - Exclusion Testing

This document provides a framework to assist veterinarians with the appropriate collection and submission of samples to facilitate the exclusion of white-nose syndrome in Australia. 


National Guidelines for Sample Submission – Tularaemia – Diagnostic Testing  

This document provides a framework to assist veterinarians with the appropriate collection and submission of samples to facilitate the diagnosis or exclusion of tularaemia in free-ranging mammals within Australia (including feral species).

National Zoo Biosecurity Manual - ZAA website New window icon

This manual has been developed by veterinary leaders and advisors within the Australian zoo industry to document best practice biosecurity measures currently being adopted by the zoo industry.

WHA Outputs

To help you locate additional WHA outputs on our website:


WHA Quarterly Updates

Fact Sheets

ABLV Bat Stats

Wildlife health reports

WHA Submissions

  • 2018 Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy for the Australian Animal Sector - WHA submission
  • 2017 National Biosecurity Environmental Response Agreement (NEBRA) Five Year Review - Review - WHA submission
  • 2016 Inquiry into the growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme-like illness for many Australian patients - Inquiry - WHA submission
  • 2012 Inquiry into effectiveness of threatened species and ecological communities' protection in Australia Inquiry - AWHN submission

WHA staff publications

  • WHA reports quarterly on wildlife disease events in the publication Animal Health Surveillance Quarterly, produced by Animal Health Australia. Visit the SciQuest library New window icon to read and search WHA reports in this publication.
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