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.

Download the Managing Animals in Emergencies: A Framework for South Australia (PDF 1.9 MB)


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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