About the Australian Q Fever Register

The Australian Q Fever Register has been established by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) to assist users to determine the Q Fever immune status of an individual, to prevent unnecessary testing, and to minimise the risk of exposing susceptible individuals to the organism in the workplace.

Registered organisations (primarily meat processors and medical practitioners) can check a persons status on the web, as well as submitting screening test and vaccination details to the Register. The Register data is stored on a 'live' database linked to the Internet to allow users to access completely up-to-date information.

The Australian Q Fever Register is the first non-statutory health register to be established in Australia. Because of the personal nature of the information held, the Register adheres to the strictest privacy guidelines to ensure the security and privacy of personal information. The database and website are highly secure, with all data being encrypted during transmission. User registration procedures, password access, internal Quality Assurance procedures and data auditing facilities all combine to ensure the best possible data quality and protection of personal information. The Register Privacy Policy describes rules and procedures governing the collection and use of personal information.

The Register was developed and is managed by Ausvet on behalf of the industry. The operation of the Register is overseen by the Australian Q Fever Register Technical Management Committee, which is made up of representatives from:

  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • Australian Meat Industry Employees Union
  • Workcover
  • CSL
  • State and Commonwealth Departments of Health
  • Medical Experts
  • Meat Processing Industry Employer Representatives