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Q fever risk management in livestock industry campaign

Q fever is an infectious and potentially serious disease that can develop suddenly, be quite severe (acute illness) and may also cause long lasting (chronic) illness. It is the most commonly reported disease linked to animal exposure (zoonotic) in Australia. Queensland has the highest rate, with an average of 222 notifications a year between 2016 and 2020.
Q fever can also cause mild to moderate symptoms, so there may be many more cases that are not reported because they are undiagnosed.

Campaign focus

This campaign aims to support awareness across the sector on Q fever risks, improve industry practices surrounding Q fever controls and increase compliance with duties under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

The focus is on industry links within the supply chain, such as:

  • beef, sheep and goat producers
  • livestock transport operators
  • saleyard owners and operators
  • livestock agents
  • meat processors.


Where to get help

To find a Q fever vaccine provider or to register immune workers, contact the Q Fever Register on 1300 QFEVER (1300 733 837) or visit

More information

Call 1300 362 128 or visit WorkSafe