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Animal Health Australia (AHA) oversees planning and funding of national animal health programs

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article image AHA provides a forum for high level discussion on strategic policy relating to national animal health service programs

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Animal Health Australia (AHA) was established by the Federal, State and territory governments in association with major national livestock industry organisations.

The decision to establish AHA was motivated by the identified need for high level decisions on strategic policy by governments and industry groups for future planning and funding of national animal health service programs.

AHA describes its mission as "to ensure that the national animal health system delivers a competitive advantage and preferred market access for Australia’s livestock industries."

To this end, AHA now manages a suite of national programs which, the company states, position Australia as a world leader in terms of its animal health status and systems.

There are eight major programs managed by AHA:

  • disease surveillance
  • emergency animal disease preparedness
  • livestock health
  • biosecurity
  • livestock welfare
  • training
  • communication; and
  • corporate development and support.

AHA currently has 31 member organisations that play a key role in the development and implementation of all programs. This collaborative approach has proved successful, as it serves to further strengthen partnerships between government and industry bodies.

Members fund company activities via annual subscriptions that are based on the Gross Value of Production (GVP) of the jurisdiction or industry.

The company is led by an independently selected Board of Directors responsible to the members.

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