Our role in emergencies

Local Land Services helps landholders to plan and prepare for, respond to, and recover from biosecurity emergencies and natural disasters.

Emergency preparedness

We work alongside the NSW Department of Primary Industries to provide advice to landholders about property planning and preparedness for an emergency.

Animal welfare during natural disasters

Working closely with animal support agencies such as the RSPCA and WIRES, we support and coordinate assistance to all animals affected in a natural disaster.

This includes livestock, companion animals and wildlife who have been affected by natural disasters.

When there is an emergency, we will identify the animals at risk and, if required, we will rescue, evacuate and care for the animals. We also supply and distribute emergency fodder, water and materials to stock affected by disease or natural disaster.

Where required, we help in the humane disposal of stock that have been affected.

Your annual return of land and stock

Your return information is essential to help us respond to emergencies.

This information, combined with the stock identification and traceability systems we support, are invaluable for helping during emergencies (eg fodder distribution) and potential disease outbreaks.

Even if you have no stock, letting us know this via your return is important information.

Find out more about annual return of land and stock.

Also, if your contact details or leasing details change, please support our emergency efforts and let us know.

Biosecurity emergency assistance

Our staff will respond to emergencies that involve animal and plant diseases.

To report a biosecurity emergency, please get in touch with the following relevant authorities:

Call 000 - Life-threatening emergencies, including bush fires

NSW State Emergency Service (SES) - For emergency help in floods and storms call 132 500

Emergency animal diseases - Hotline - 1800 675 888 (24 hours)

Emergency plant pest reporting - Hotline - 1800 084 881

Aquatic pests and diseases - Hotline - (02) 4916 3877 (recorded 24-hour hotline)

Local Land Services - To report locusts and agricultural damage in natural disasters call 1300 795 299

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