Keeping Australia Free of Foot and Mouth Disease

Foot and Mouth Disease causes major problems in production and animal welfare in a number of countries. Fortunately, Australia is free from Foot and Mouth Disease, and has been for more than 140 years.

By following a few simple rules when returning from an overseas trip you can help keep it out of Australia.
  • Always declare food or any items of plant or animal origin, or equipment used with animals.  The Arriving in Australia-Declare it link lists what can and cannot be brought in.
  • Biosecurity officers may inspect and clean your footwear or clothing for soil, straw or other material that could carry the Foot and Mouth Disease virus. Please have these accessible in your luggage.
  • If you have any concerns about items you are carrying, ask a Biosecurity officer.

An outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease could devastate Australia's livestock industries, costing the economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. Please help to keep Australia free of Foot and Mouth Disease.

More information on Foot and Mouth Disease is available from the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.


You'll find all the facts including the clinical signs of the virus, as well as regularly updated bulletins, product bans, common questions and answers, and much more.

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