National biosecurity strategy

Work has commenced on a national biosecurity strategy with the aim of releasing a consultation draft in early 2022.

The task for Australia’s biosecurity system is becoming increasingly complex, creating new challenges for governments, industry and other stakeholders in protecting Australia’s biosecurity status.

Strong and efficient biosecurity is ever more essential as Australia, and the rest of the world, respond to changing global and domestic travel, trade and climate patterns.

A national biosecurity strategy will build on existing work to provide a strategic direction for Australia’s biosecurity system through to 2030.

It will seek to align our collective efforts towards a common purpose and provide a clear commitment to prioritised action and investment. This will ensure the system remains fit to meet the challenges of the next decade.

The national biosecurity strategy will be underpinned by the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity and will build on and provide a key next step to the National Biosecurity Statement, and federal, state, territory and sectoral biosecurity strategies.

Agricultural ministers agreed to develop a national biosecurity strategy on 15 June 2021 as part of the work program for the Agricultural Ministers’ Meeting.

Engaging our stakeholders

Good biosecurity is a huge job. We don’t do this work alone and we all have a role to play in our biosecurity system.

The national biosecurity strategy and our priorities for the future need to reflect this shared responsibility.

A range of engagement channels will be available to ensure everyone has an opportunity to contribute.

National Biosecurity Strategy Reference Group

A reference group of biosecurity stakeholders has been established to provide strategic insights and advice during the development of the strategy.

The members of the National Biosecurity Strategy Reference Group are:

  • Australian Banana Growers’ Council
  • CSIRO
  • Freight and Trade Alliance
  • Invasive Species Council
  • National Farmers’ Federation
  • Rural Research and Development Corporations representative - Australian Pork Limited
  • Seafood Industry Australia
  • Torres Strait Regional Authority

Want to be involved?

Register your interest to receive updates on the national biosecurity strategy and information about upcoming engagement opportunities.

You can also contact the National Biosecurity Strategy Project Team at nationalbiosecuritystrategy@awe.gov.au.