ASF is estimated to have killed about 25 per cent of the world’s pig population.
It is a viral disease of pigs that can spread rapidly by contact with infected pigs and pig products, or through contact with contaminated vehicles, equipment, feed, or clothing.
It has also been spread via ticks.
According to Agriculture Victoria, the virus is able to survive extended periods in raw, processed, and frozen meat and meat products, and is resistant to several commercially available disinfectants.
Pigs that have recovered from ASF can carry the virus long-term.
Last week the disease was discovered less than 700 kilometres away in Timor-Leste.