Notifiable Incidents

A notifiable incident is a biosecurity event that you must report to an inspector by calling 13 25 23 and completing the ‘Advice of Notifiable Incident Form’.

Examples of notifiable incidents may include:

  • Unexpected crop failures,
  • Unacceptable contaminant levels,
  • Blisters on the mouth or feet of stock,
  • Abnormally high mortality or morbidity rates in animals or plants,
  • A sudden and unexplained fall in production, and
  • A contaminant (e.g. heavy metals, asbestos, residual organochlorine pesticides or pathogenic bacteria) above a prescribed threshold.

When should you notify an inspector?

You must advise an inspector of a notifiable incident immediately when you:

  • Become aware of the incident,
  • Believe that the incident is a notifiable incident or should reasonably believe the incident is a notifiable incident, and
  • Have no reason to believe an inspector is already aware of the incident.

What actions should you take?

You should:

  • Not take any action likely to increase the risk (e.g. moving or disturbing the animal, plant or thing that is showing signs of the notifiable incident),
  • Take all reasonable action to minimise the risk (e.g. contain the animal, plant or thing to prevent spread), and
  • Provide any documents or reports about the incident as soon as possible after notifying an inspector.

Note:  Forms can be found on the Queensland Government – Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.