National biosecurity strategy

A consultation draft was released for stakeholder comment in February 2022, with consultation closing in March 2022. Subscribe for the latest updates on the strategy.

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.

Work commenced on a national biosecurity strategy in 2021, with agriculture ministers agreeing to develop a strategy as part of the Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting work program.

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

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.

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

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