Emergency preparedness

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is responsible for biosecurity emergency preparedness in South Australia.

PIRSA has the following main activities:

  • planning
  • training
  • biosecurity awareness
  • animals in emergencies.


PIRSA has emergency response plans that explain:

  • roles and responsibilities in the event of biosecurity emergencies
  • legislative authorities
  • procedures to be undertaken
  • roles of industry and supporting agencies.

The plan is reviewed annually.


Training programs are provided for all staff likely to be involved in a biosecurity emergency response.

This training focuses on biosecurity emergency response team development, including:

  • workshops
  • resource development
  • desktop exercises
  • simulation exercises.

Biosecurity awareness

Biosecurity SA works with primary industries to promote biosecurity and emergency pest and disease awareness through:

  • workshops
  • field days
  • simulation exercises
  • industry liaison identification and training.

Animals in Emergencies

PIRSA has lead responsibility for the coordination of official animal relief services during major emergencies.


A framework was developed in 2016-17 to support the following groups to understand their role and responsibilities towards managing animal welfare before, during and after an emergency:

  • Government agencies.
  • Non-government organisations.
  • Businesses.
  • Animal owners.
  • The community.

Managing Animals in Emergencies (PDF 1.9 MB)

More information about animal safety in emergencies.


Elena Petrenas
Manager Emergency Management
PIRSA – Biosecurity SA

Phone: (08) 8207 0864
Mobile: 0438 822 795
Email: elena.petrenas@sa.gov.au

Page Last Reviewed: 09 Mar 2018
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