Report an outbreak

​​​Report pests and diseases

Early intervention is critical in a pest or disease outbreak. If you suspect a pest or disease outbreak or have seen something unusual and you’re not sure whether it’s an exotic pest or disease – report it. Small signs may be an early indication that something’s wrong.

Reporting is easy - just phone the hotline, wherever you are in Australia. This will put you in touch with your department of agriculture or primary industries.


To report pests and diseases in animals (including livestock, wildlife, birds and aquatic animals) phone the ​Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

Plants and bees

To report plant or honey bee pests and diseases (including new weeds) phone the ​Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

Invasive marine s​​pecies

If you believe you have found a new marine pest, report your find to the department of agriculture or primary industries in the state or territory in which you found it. Their contact details are below.

New South Wales

Phone 1800 675 888 (recorded 24 hour service) or email Aquatic Biosecurity


Phone 13 61 86


Invasive Species Enquiries

Phone (03) 6777 2200
Email: Invasive Species

South Australia

Call Fishwatch o​n 1800 065 522

Western Au​​​stralia

Call Fishwatch on 1800 815 507

The No​​rthern Territory

Phone 0413 381 094
Email: Aquatic Biosecurity


Phone 13 25 23 or 07 3404 6999

More information

​Some pests and diseases are ‘notifiable’ which means by law, they must be reported to authorities. More information is available on the Pest and Disease Infor​mation page.​