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Recognition for excellence in risk innovation

8 months ago

Image: L-R: Nianjun Liu, Sam Wells, Paul Pheloung, Rosemary Huxtable, Daryl Quinlivan and Callum Moggach at the Comcover award ceremony.

Article written by RRRA team, Biosecurity Implementation branch

Imagine we could forecast the effect of a new biosecurity policy on Australian agriculture, its people and environment, before any changes are made.

Our department can do just that with the Risk Return Resource Allocation model (RRRA). The RRRA is a mathematical model of Australia’s biosecurity system that calculates the efficiency of our measures to stop pests, diseases and weeds from entering and spreading.

In October, the RRRA model was recognised at the 2018 Comcover Awards for Excellence in Risk Management when it was awarded a High Commendation in the Risk Initiative category.

Not only does the model forecast how changes in trade and travel patterns can affect Australia’s exposure to biosecurity risk, it can also calculate how best to invest in protecting our multi-billion dollar agriculture industries, our environment and our community.

Matthew Koval, First Assistant Secretary for Biosecurity Policy and Implementation said the RRRA model was one of a kind, and it’s already being put to use in assessing and modifying the measures we’ve put in place to protect our unique way of life.

‘We’ve developed a world first tool that calculates the potential risks of imports and what they could end up costing Australia’s $32 billion agricultural export industries,’ Mr Koval said.

‘The model has already demonstrated its value in reducing Australia’s exposure to biosecurity risk through its flexible, innovative approach to analysing complex data.’

The RRRA is a critical part of the department’s decision-making processes and alongside our other Research and Innovation projects, plays an important part in managing Australia’s biosecurity system.

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