Australian Biosecurity Awards

​​​​​​The Australian Biosecurity Awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations in industry and government that show a commitment to working collaboratively with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to support and promote Australia's biosecurity and the systems that uphold it.

Award presentation ceremony

Winners of 2019 Australian Biosecurity Awards were announced at the ABARES Outlook 2019 Conference in Canberra on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

The 2019 award categories are:

  • David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement
  • Industry
  • Government
  • Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year.

The awards

David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award

The David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution beyond their normal duties to Australian biosecurity over a sustained period of time.

The 2019 winner is Mike Ashton, Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Mike has made significant contributions to national plant biosecurity enhancements over a 30 year career. His work includes the development of a national plant biosecurity certification scheme, development and implementation of the Interstate Certification Assurance Scheme, and the successful National Citrus Canker Eradication Program from 2004 to 2009.

Mike has been instrumental in influencing the paradigm shift to ‘shared responsibility’ across biosecurity work throughout Australia.

Previous winners have included Paul Kenny, Llew Russell, Paul Stephenson, Trevor Weatherhead, Bruce Christie and Trevor Beaver.

Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award

This award recognises Australian primary producers, including individuals and organisations, from large commercial operations, new and emerging niche industries to hobby-level farmers.

The two winners for 2019 are:

Melinee Leather, Barfield Station

A Queensland cattle producer, she employs on-farm biosecurity plans, systems for quarantine paddocks including national vendor declarations and lifetime traceability as well as maintaining visitor logs. Melinee’s properties also hold organic, European Union, grasslands and grazing best management practice accreditations.

Strawberry Springs Pty Ltd

Luciano Corallo is an early adopter of best farm practice management with a central focus on biosecurity from the farm gate to all parts of production. He is also involved with the Queensland fruit fly awareness program in the Yarra Valley, using state of the art remotely accessed camera fruit fly traps.

The Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Awards are collaboratively presented with Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia.

Industry and Government Awards

These awards recognise industry and government organisations, teams and individuals that have delivered significant outcomes for Australia’s biosecurity system

The five Industry winners for 2019 are:

DHL Global Forwarding (Australia) Pty Ltd for their work in supporting reforms to automatic entry processing for commodities (AEPCOMM)

Centre for Invasive Species Solutions for management of the Australian largest citizen science project around the release of a new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) K5 in 2017.

Sione (John) Matakaiongo, Hager Electro for his swift reporting of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) in a shipment of imported components.

Nathan Hancock, Citrus Australia for his work as industry liaison officer during the 2018 outbreak of citrus canker.

Pilbara, Kemberley, Mid_west, Southern and Fremantle Ports Authorities for their implementation of the State-Wide Array Surveillance Program (SWASP), across all ports in Western Australia.

The five government winners for 2019 are:

Aquatic Biosecurity, Northern Territory Government Department of Primary Industry and Resources for their work over the last 20 years maintaining the highest biosecurity standards.

Apiary program, Agriculture Victoria for their partnership with industry to develop the Victoria State Quarantine Response Team who will respond to detections of Varroa destructor.

Greater Sydney Local Land Services for their comprehensive response to the discovery of BMSB at Hager Electro and a subsequent site.

Sarah Corcoran, Northern Territory Government Department of Primary Industry and Resources for her work with industry, government and community during the 2018 outbreak of citrus canker.

Aquatic Pest Biosecurity, Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development for the development and management of the SWASP program.

Details of the 2019 award recipients are outlined in the Australian Biosecurity Awards booklet.