Legislative Council: Tuesday, August 29, 2023


Avian Bird Flu

In reply to the Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) ().28 June 2023).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): I am advised:

Yes, I have been advised of the changing global risk profile of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), including H5N1. Should HPAI be detected in nomadic birds in our near SE Asian neighbours the risk of outbreak in Australia would be increased.

HPAI preparedness is a high priority for all Australian, state and territory governments along with the poultry industry, all of which have been preparing for HPAI outbreak over a long period of time.