Community engagement

​Community engagement research is part of ABARES’ applied social research and analysis. Reports have been prepared for the Department of Agriculture, other government agencies, research and development corporations, and industry bodies.

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Biosecurity engagement guidelines

Publication date: 2 March 2012

The proposed biosecurity engagement framework is to provide guidance, insights, tips and tools to conduct effective community engagement for biosecurity purposes. This includes creating an enabling environment for biosecurity engagement (through the proposed national action plan) and providing principles, tips and tools to engagement practitioners operating in a regional and local context (best recommended practice, tools and mechanisms documents).

A basis for a national action plan for biosecurity engagement ('big picture' focus) 

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Biosecurity engagement: Proposed national action plan for community involvement in plant biosecurity PDF 694.1 MB

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Best recommended practices (regional and local focus) 

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Biosecurity engagement guidelines: Principles and practical advice for involving communities PDF 663.6 MB
Biosecurity engagement guidelines: How to develop an engagement strategy including a monitoring and evaluation component PDF 623.6 MB

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Tools and mechanisms

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Biosecurity engagement: Involving volunteers in biosecurity programs PDF 40.5 MB
Biosecurity engagement: Communicating biosecurity messages in print PDF 20.6 MB
Biosecurity engagement: Checklist for policy-makers and senior staff in government and industry PDF 51.4 MB
Biosecurity engagement: Checklist for investing in biosecurity engagement programs PDF 31.4 MB
Biosecurity engagement: Checklist for engagement practitioners PDF 21.4 MB

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Other documents of interest

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Engaging in Biosecurity: Literature review of Community Engagement Approaches PDF 360.3 MB
Engaging in Biosecurity: Gap analysis PDF 440.3 MB
Volunteer monitoring in biosecurity: An issues paper (Research Report 12.9) PDF 321.3 MB

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Community involvement in recreational fisheries data collection: opportunities and challenges (Technical Report 11.5)

Publication date: 2 September 2011

Recreational fisheries information, especially catch and fishing effort data are required to support sustainable management of marine ecosystems. Information about the changing condition and use of recreational fisheries is incomplete, with many gaps in coverage through space and time. Comprehensive statistics are difficult to obtain due to seasonality of recreational fishing effort and variety of species caught. The high cost of traditional survey methods provides an incentive to explore alternative data collection strategies.

Community monitoring provides an alternative and potentially cost-effective way of extending recreational fisheries data collection while raising community awareness about the health of fisheries and marine ecosystems. This study focuses on opportunities and challenges involved in community monitoring.

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Community involvement in recreational fisheries data collection: opportunities and challenges - Report PDF 150.8 MB

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Last reviewed:
03 Jun 2019