Australia will fund foot-and-mouth vaccinations in Indonesia to try to stop the spread of the disease amid fears a local outbreak could decimate agriculture.

The government’s $1.5 million contribution will provide at least one million doses for Indonesia’s immunization program following an official request for assistance after the disease spread in Bali.

But nationals have called on the government to go further and introduce mandatory shoe decontamination and a two-day re-entry ban to regional Australia for all travelers returning from the popular tourist destination.

Foot-and-mouth disease entering Australia could cost the economy billions.Credit:Louie Douvis

Agriculture Minister Murray Watt discussed support with his Indonesian counterpart in Jakarta on Thursday.

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease detected in Indonesia in May then surfaced in Bali, where more than 100 flights from Australia land each week.

Travelers entering Australia have been advised to ensure their clothing and footwear is free of soil or manure.

Business opposition spokesman Kevin Hogan has called on the government to impose new restrictions on travelers from Bali.

“I strongly urge the government to introduce mandatory shoe decontamination for all travelers returning from Bali – a move they have apparently rejected,” the national MP said.

“I also asked them to consider all travelers returning from Bali to spend two days in town before returning to the regions.”

Mr Hogan said an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Australia would force a ban on red meat exports that could last for years, decimating the livestock and meat processing industries.

The highly contagious disease affects pigs, cattle, sheep and goats.