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Managing established pests and diseases of national significance in a new way

​​​​​​​The National Biosecurity Committee (NBC) released a discussion paper, Modernising Australia’s approach to managing established pests and diseases of national significance, which outlined a new approach to managing those weeds, pest animals, plant and animal pest or diseases that become established in Australia and have a significant impact at the national level.

Key features of the proposed approach included:

  • a move away from traditional, heavy reliance on enforcement as a means to manage the effects of established pests and diseases
  • greater emphasis on using other tools and assisting industry and the community to better manage the effects themselves
  • greater collaboration between governments and those stakeholders directly affected by established pests and diseases
  • government participation in established pest and disease management where sustained action is led by industry or community.

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Submissions received

The Australian Government and the National Biosecurity Committee would like to thank all those who provided a submission to the Modernising Australia’s approach to managing established pests and diseases of national significance discussion paper.

Public comment on the discussion paper was open from 1 June 2015 to 31 July 2015. Submissions continued to be received (and accepted) until 11 August 2015.

Thirty two submissions were received in response to the discussion paper.

All submissions have been published unless marked ‘in confidence’ or where authors have not authorised publication of their submission on the department’s webpage.

Submissions that contained offensive language, potentially defamatory material, or copyright infringing have also not been published on this webpage.

Published submissions may not meet Australian Government accessibility requirements as they have not been prepared by the department.

Next steps

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources​, through the National Biosecurity Committee, is in the process of analysing the submissions.  The submissions will assist the National Biosecurity Committee to finalise a national framework for managing established pests and diseases of national significance under the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (Schedule 5: Established Pests and Diseases).​