On 29 June 2018, The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, The Hon. David Littleproud MP, announced the $25.2 million Biosecurity Innovation Program.
Our department will deliver the program, which will benefit Australia’s agriculture sector, importers, exporters, state and territory governments, business innovators, international partners and the Australian public.
Smarter management of biosecurity risk will help Australia keep the competitive advantage it enjoys from favourable pest and disease status, maintaining and improving access to export markets.
Through the program we will invest in the identification, development and implementation of innovative technologies and approaches that will enhance the capacity of the national biosecurity system to manage biosecurity risk.
The program will explore innovative technologies and approaches to assist with biosecurity screening of goods and passengers, including emerging technologies and approaches to improve biosecurity risk detection e.g. drone surveillance, artificial intelligence, robotics, next generation sequencing and new biological controls. It will also explore initiatives to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our national biosecurity system in a changing environment.
The program provides us with the opportunity to collaborate with innovators from industry, universities and domestic and international research institutions. We will identify technologies and approaches that will contribute to long term sustainability and effectiveness of Australia’s biosecurity system.
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