Experts have gathered to discuss an incurable and highly contagious disease that could destroy Australia's $5.2 billion pork industry.
Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie summoned the country's chief veterinary officer and industry leaders to Parliament House in Canberra on Friday.
African swine flu has been decimating pig herds in Asia for the last twelve months, prompting concerns it could reach Australia.
Ms McKenzie has urged people not to bring pork products into the country.
She said authorities had already confiscated 23 tonnes of pork product entering Australia, with 15 per cent found to be contaminated with swine flu.
"Which is incredibly disturbing," Ms McKenzie said.
Australian Pork Limited chief executive Margot Andrae said pork prices locally could rise, but the meat was still safe to eat.
There was a growing Asian demand for protein as pig numbers decline, with disease estimated to kill up to 50 per cent of China's pig herds by the end of the year.
This would leave the country with a 10-million-tonne protein deficit.
"The hole that's being left is huge," Ms Andrae said.
She said the multi-billion dollar industry employed 36,000 people locally, and urged Australians and visitors to take biosecurity seriously to protect it.
Australia's Chief Veterinary Office Dr Mark Schipp said the disease had recently spread rapidly in Asia, having originated in Africa in 2014.
He said affected countries included China, Vietnam and Cambodia, with the region being popular with Australian tourists and vice versa.
Dr Schipp said this meant the region posed a high risk.
Ms McKenzie said preventing an outbreak might include educating international students on not allowing family to send pork products from overseas.
Government and industry would begin simulations of an outbreak later this week, Ms McKenzie said.
She said the two path ways were airports and mailrooms, with authorities stepping up detection measures at both.
"The risk is growing," Ms McKenzie said.
Friday's meet also revealed some of the gaps in government and industry's knowledge of the disease, including whether ticks could carry it and how Australia's feral pig population might affect outbreak of the virus.