Emergency preparedness

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

PIRSA has 3 main activities:

  • planning
  • training
  • biosecurity awareness.


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.

Animals in Emergencies

PIRSA has lead responsibility for the co-ordination of official animal relief services during major emergencies.

In 2016-17, a framework was developed to support:

  • government agencies
  • non-government organisations
  • businesses
  • animal owners
  • the community

to understand their role and responsibilities towards managing animal welfare before, during and after emergencies.

View more information about keeping your animals safe in an emergency.


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.


Elena Petrenas
Manager Emergency Management
PIRSA – Biosecurity SA

Phone: (08) 8207 7976
Mobile: 0438 822 795
Email: elena.petrenas@sa.gov.au

Page Last Reviewed: 25 Jan 2017
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