National biosecurity strategy

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The Australian, state and territory governments, through the National Biosecurity Committee, have developed a National Biosecurity Strategy with key industry and community partners to provide a strategic direction for Australia’s biosecurity system.

The national strategy seeks to align our collective efforts towards a common purpose and provide a clear commitment to prioritised action and investment. This will ensure Australia’s biosecurity system remains fit to meet the challenges of the next decade.

The national strategy, which was endorsed by Australian, state and territory Agriculture Ministers, was released on 9 August 2022 by Minister Watt.

View the National Biosecurity Strategy.

To subscribe for updates on the national biosecurity strategy, please enter your email address under Stay Informed.

Who was engaged?

In total 136 submissions on the National Biosecurity Strategy consultation draft were received.

  • 84 Have Your Say survey responses
  • 40 submission responses
  • 11 emailed comments
  • 1 submission collected via meeting (in lieu of a written submission).

The submissions to the consultation draft were mostly positive, with the majority of submissions welcoming the strategy and the opportunity to help shape the final version. The strategic direction, purpose and priority areas were generally well supported. Stakeholders did, however, indicate that actions should be more specific and emphasised the importance of a robust implementation process with associated funding. Approaches to implementation were socialised with the reference group prior to finalising this content in the strategy. The stakeholder reference group’s view was there needed to be a clear and active role for non-government stakeholders in guiding strategy implementation.

Key changes from the consultation draft include:

  1. inclusion of the proposed implementation process and governance arrangements
  2. additional actions
  3. an updated roles and responsibilities section
  4. further emphasis on Foot and Mouth disease due to the recent outbreaks.
  5. additional coverage of environmental biosecurity
  6. an overview of the broader strategic environment in which biosecurity operates, including mentioning pandemics, zoonotic diseases and the One Health concept.

View the submissions received and the list of organisations and individuals that provided input.

The project team also received a number of confidential responses which were not published.

Contact us

Email nationalbiosecuritystrategy@awe.gov.au

The Australian, state and territory governments, through the National Biosecurity Committee, have developed a National Biosecurity Strategy with key industry and community partners to provide a strategic direction for Australia’s biosecurity system.

The national strategy seeks to align our collective efforts towards a common purpose and provide a clear commitment to prioritised action and investment. This will ensure Australia’s biosecurity system remains fit to meet the challenges of the next decade.

The national strategy, which was endorsed by Australian, state and territory Agriculture Ministers, was released on 9 August 2022 by Minister Watt.

View the National Biosecurity Strategy.

To subscribe for updates on the national biosecurity strategy, please enter your email address under Stay Informed.

Who was engaged?

In total 136 submissions on the National Biosecurity Strategy consultation draft were received.

  • 84 Have Your Say survey responses
  • 40 submission responses
  • 11 emailed comments
  • 1 submission collected via meeting (in lieu of a written submission).

The submissions to the consultation draft were mostly positive, with the majority of submissions welcoming the strategy and the opportunity to help shape the final version. The strategic direction, purpose and priority areas were generally well supported. Stakeholders did, however, indicate that actions should be more specific and emphasised the importance of a robust implementation process with associated funding. Approaches to implementation were socialised with the reference group prior to finalising this content in the strategy. The stakeholder reference group’s view was there needed to be a clear and active role for non-government stakeholders in guiding strategy implementation.

Key changes from the consultation draft include:

  1. inclusion of the proposed implementation process and governance arrangements
  2. additional actions
  3. an updated roles and responsibilities section
  4. further emphasis on Foot and Mouth disease due to the recent outbreaks.
  5. additional coverage of environmental biosecurity
  6. an overview of the broader strategic environment in which biosecurity operates, including mentioning pandemics, zoonotic diseases and the One Health concept.

View the submissions received and the list of organisations and individuals that provided input.

The project team also received a number of confidential responses which were not published.

Contact us

Email nationalbiosecuritystrategy@awe.gov.au