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 to support and promote Australia's biosecurity and the systems that uphold it.

Nominations for the 2020 Australian Biosecurity Awards closed on Friday 6 December 2019.

The 2020 award categories are:

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

The winners will be announced at the ABARES Outlook Conference dinner on Tuesday 3 March 2020 in Canberra.

The awards

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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.

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

Industry and Government Awards

These awards recognise industry and government organisations, teams (including schools and community groups) and individuals that have delivered significant outcomes for Australia’s biosecurity system.

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, operators to hobby-level farmers.

The two winners for 2019 were Melinee Leather, Barfield Station, Queensland and Luciano Corallo, Strawberry Springs Pty Ltd, Victoria .

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

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

For more information, please email

Last reviewed: 14 January 2020
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