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Can you solve the million dollar challenge?

8 months ago

Image: Shipping containers at Port Melbourne

Article written by Biosecurity Innovation team, Biosecurity Implementation branch

Applications are now open for the Australian Government’s Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) run by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

The BRII initiative is one of many innovative initiatives the department is taking to improve our biosecurity system. We’re seeking innovative and cost-effective solutions to enhance the way we prevent, detect and manage hitchhiking pests that make their way to Australia on or in shipping containers.

If you’re a small to medium enterprise, you could be eligible for up to $1 million in grant funding to help us meet this challenge.

Every year over three million containers arrive at Australian ports. Many of which have the potential to carry exotic pests and diseases that threaten our $60 billion agriculture industry. They could also impact food security and endanger our unique environment, native flora and fauna, tourism industry and way of life.

Leanne Herrick, project director, said physically inspecting containers is unsustainable in a modern trade environment.

‘The current way we inspect incoming cargo is labour intensive,’ said Ms Herrick.

‘With the volume of cargo entering Australia expected to double between 2015 and 2030, we need to explore alternate solutions.’

Can you solve the million-dollar challenge?

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