National Biosecurity Strategy

The National Biosecurity Strategy is a collective vision for Australia’s future biosecurity system. A biosecurity system that protects Australia’s way of life.


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Our shared purpose

To develop a risk-based system underpinned by science that protects Australia’s people, our environment and economy from the biosecurity threats of today and tomorrow.

Delivering benefits for all Australians

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.

The National Biosecurity Strategy builds on existing work to provide a strategic direction for Australia’s biosecurity system.

It aligns our collective efforts towards a common purpose and provides 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 is 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.

Priority areas

To achieve our vision and purpose, we will act in 6 priority areas.

Shared biosecurity culture

We will enhance our culture of biosecurity action so everyone understands its importance and plays their part.

Highly skilled workforce

We will develop and sustain a highly skilled workforce to ensure we have the right capability, in the right place, at the right time.

Sustainable investment

We will ensure funding and investment is sufficient, co-funded, transparent, and sustainable for the long term.

Stronger partnerships

We will strengthen and expand partnerships and networks between all stakeholders at local, regional, national and international levels.

Coordinated preparedness and response

We will boost our system’s adaptability and its capacity to detect, prevent, manage, respond to and recover from outbreaks.

Integration supported by technology, research and data

We will create a more connected, efficient and science-based system to facilitate more timely, informed and risk-based decisions.

More information will be coming shortly.

National Biosecurity Strategy Reference Group

A group of biosecurity stakeholders provided strategic insights and advice to develop 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

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