Recognising our Biosecurity leaders

​​Nominations for the 2017 Australian Biosecurity Awards are now open to individuals, groups and organisations whose contribution to our national biosecurity system goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Head of the department’s Compliance Division, Raelene Vivian, said everyone plays an important role in Australia’s biosecurity—from government, businesses and industry to the Australian public.

“Our biosecurity work requires the help of the whole community to succeed and through the Australian Biosecurity Awards, we are recognising those who go above and beyond to support our biosecurity objectives,” Ms Vivian said.

“I encourage everyone to take part this year and nominate their biosecurity champions to ensure they get the recognition they deserve for helping maintain Australia’s world-class biosecurity status.”

The Australian Biosecurity Awards recognise businesses, industry and government organisations, teams and individuals that:

  • Design, implement and/or lead biosecurity reform initiatives within their organisation and/or industry sector to support Australia’s biosecurity integrity.
  • Demonstrate significant biosecurity integrity and raise biosecurity awareness within their operations and/or industry sector.
  • Collaboratively work with the department to manage biosecurity risk.
  • Identify, report and/or lead the management of a disease outbreak or pest incursion.
  • Report suspicious activities that may be of biosecurity concern.
  • Make an outstanding contribution to protecting or maintaining animal or plant health.
  • Raise awareness of Australia’s biosecurity requirements offshore.

There are three Australian Biosecurity Awards award categories: Australian Biosecurity Award – Industry; Australian Biosecurity Award – Government; and the David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominations open on Monday 19 September and close Monday 31 October 2016.

For more information on the Australian Biosecurity Awards, including the nomination form, visit

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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