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

Local Land Services is a principal participating organisation of the Agriculture and Animal Services Functional Area (AASFA) and operates in conjunction with Department of Primary Industries to provide assistance. Local Land Services work closely with animal support agencies such as the RSPCA, in supporting and coordinating assistance to all animals affected in a natural disaster.

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

When there is an emergency, we will help to assess, treat and, where required, humanely euthanise severely affected animals. We will also provide Animal Safe Places and evacuation centres for the care and safe keeping of livestock and companion animals.

The supply and distribution of emergency fodder, water and materials to affected stock may be supplied in the event of a disaster.

Where required, we help coordinate the removal and 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 unusual signs of livestock illness and agricultural damage in natural disasters call 1300 795 299

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