Industry Focus

African swine fever

The threat of African swine fever entering Australia is becoming more realistic as news of it spreading continues.

ASF can remain active in meat products, clothing, equipment and vehicles, and is easily spread through poor biosecurity and swill feeding. Its spread to the Philippines and East Timor is highly likely to have come from travelling staff and tourists on commercial airlines.

If you see any unusual symptoms in pigs, contact your vet immediately or phone the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline at 1800 675 888. Alternatively, contact PorkSafe on 1800 084 499

Dr Lechelle van Breda is APL’s ASF coordinator. If you have any questions or concerns about ASF, your biosecurity practices or any of the below resources, please contact her at or on 0447 099 397.


Resources to improve biosecurity preparedness are available below.

APL Biosecurity Update

With the increasing threat of African swine fever (ASF), APL would like to ensure all producers are receiving information about the efforts to keep ASF out of Australia, and have the tools to increase their own biosecurity preparedness, not just members. As such, APL’s Biosecurity Update is a special addition to our publications schedule and has been distributed to all pig producers.

Biosecurity Update Issue 1

Biosecurity Update Issue 2


Biosecurity zones fact sheet

Spot the difference: African swine fever VS swine flu

Control measures for African swine fever

Responding to ASF

African Swine Fever fact sheet

Key learnings from South Australia’s ASF simulation

APL’s ‘Swill feeding – it’s illegal’ fact sheet

Australian Pork Limited’s ‘Safe Use of Fats and Oils in Pig Feed’ fact sheet

Small or heritage producer FAQs about ASF


Download the 30 minute Plan for Piggeries

Feed safety decision tree and discussion points

Revised: National Farm Biosecurity Manual for Pork Production

The Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA)

African swine fever AUSVETPLAN

Keeping ASF out of Australia

Emergency animal disease bulletin for vets

Emergency animal diseases – A field guide for Australian veterinarians


Download the Emergency Animal Disease Signs poster

Download the OIE ASF posters

Welcome to our farm A4 pamphlet

Be clean to come near me A4 poster

Be clean to come near me A3 poster


Biosecurity on your farm: Keeping disease out

OIE ASF video

European Food Safety Authority video


African swine fever and feed ingredients biosecurity – Presented by Dr Eric Neumann

Feed biosecurity and African swine fever – Presented by Dr Jason Woodworth

Is your farm ASF biosecurity ready? Small holders webinar – Presented by Dr Trish Holyoake

Meeting and workshop summaries 

NSW Farmers ASF Forum (Young, 22 October 2019)

SA Industry and Government ASF summit

Department of Agriculture African Swine Fever Round table – 6 September 2019

National African swine fever stakeholder teleconference minutes

National ASF Teleconference report –  4 October 2019

National ASF Teleconference report – 11 October 2019

National ASF Teleconference report – 18 October 2019

National ASF Teleconference report – 25 October 2019

National ASF Teleconference report – 8 November 2019

National ASF Teleconference report – 15 November 2019

National ASF Teleconference report – 22 November 2019

National ASF Teleconference report – 29 November 2019

National ASF update – 6 December 2019

National ASF update – 13 December 2019

National ASF Update – 20 December 2019

National ASF Update – 7 February 2020

Research reports

The epidemiology of African swine fever virus and its potential for introduction into Australia (Author: Eric Neuman)

Economic analysis of African swine fever incursion into Australia