Australian Biosecurity Awards

Nominations for round 2 of the 2020 Australian Biosecurity Awards are now closed. Winners for this round will be announced at the National Biosecurity Forum in November.

Round 1 of the 2020 ABAs were presented in March. Learn more about the winners.

Biosecurity is a shared responsibility.

Across the country, Australians are safeguarding the nation from pests and diseases.

Each year we present the Australian Biosecurity Awards (ABAs). They recognise a significant commitment to our nation’s biosecurity. This may be by:

  • individuals
  • businesses
  • industry
  • government
  • non-government organisations.

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Environmental Biosecurity Award

Environmental Biosecurity Award

Open to individuals, groups or organisations. For a significant contribution to protect our environment from biosecurity risks.

Nominees must meet at least one of these criteria:

  • stop non-native pests, weeds or diseases from entering, establishing, or spreading in Australia
  • raise awareness of environmental biosecurity in their area or sector. Thus achieving a positive change of behaviour
  • develop or apply knowledge or techniques to improve environmental biosecurity outcomes. This can be through analysis, research, extension, or innovation
  • promote Indigenous participation in activities that improve environmental biosecurity outcomes
  • promote networks and collaboration to respond to environmental pests, weeds or diseases
  • play a significant role in managing an environmental pest, weed or disease incursion.

Education Award

Education Award

Open to schools, curriculums, higher education facilities or related. For educating the next generation of biosecurity-aware students.

Nominees must meet at least one these criteria:

  • develop biosecurity education approaches during the school year
  • include biosecurity-related activities in their curriculum
  • work in partnership with governments on topics related to biosecurity
  • show commitment to innovation in biosecurity education.

Community Award

Community Award

Open to individuals, groups and organisations. For helping deliver significant biosecurity outcomes.

Nominees must meet at least one of these criteria:

  • show significant biosecurity integrity
  • raise biosecurity awareness within their organisation or community
  • take part in the management of a disease outbreak or pest incursion
  • report suspicious activities that may be of biosecurity concern
  • make an outstanding contribution to protect or maintain animal or plant health
  • raise awareness outside Australia of our biosecurity system.

Dr Kim Ritman Award for Science and Innovation

Dr Kim Ritman Award for Science and Innovation

Open to individuals. For those who are ambassadors for science and innovation in Australia.

Nominees must meet at least one of these criteria:

  • make an outstanding contribution to maintaining our plant health status. For example, being involved in preparedness and response of incursions of emergency plant pests
  • develop technology or approaches that help manage biosecurity risks
  • develop an innovation that has strengthened our biosecurity system. For example, by managing exotic plant pests and diseases
  • strengthen scientific capacity of the biosecurity system, both in Australia and overseas.

Dr David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded to individuals. For outstanding contributions to Australian biosecurity over a sustained period.

Nominees must have:

  • ten or more years of sustained contribution to biosecurity
  • made a significant contribution to biosecurity in the areas of research, industry achievement, or professional leadership or service
  • promoted and supported biosecurity leadership within industry.

See the 2020 winner for this category.

Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award

Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Category

Awarded to farmers and primary producers. For showing exceptional and proactive biosecurity practices.

Nominees must meet at least one of these criteria:

  • show a strong understanding of the six essentials of farm biosecurity:
    1. Farm inputs
    2. People, vehicles and equipment
    3. Production practices
    4. Feral animals and weeds
    5. Farm outputs
    6. Train, plan and record
  • apply biosecurity practices in their property
  • put in place preventive biosecurity activities, instead of than in response to specific threats
  • show evidence of their biosecurity activities through planning, records, procedures etc
  • promote proactive on-farm biosecurity practises with their peers.

See the 2020 winner for this category.

We present this award jointly with Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia.

Industry Award

Industry Category

Awarded to industry organisations. For delivering significant outcomes for Australia’s biosecurity system.

Nominees must meet at least one of these criteria:

  • design, put in place or lead biosecurity reform initiatives within the industry sector
  • show significant biosecurity integrity
  • raise biosecurity awareness within their industry sector
  • work with the department to manage biosecurity risks
  • manage a disease outbreak or pest incursion
  • report suspicious activities that may be of biosecurity concern
  • make an outstanding contribution to protect or maintain animal or plant health
  • raises awareness outside Australia of our biosecurity system.

See the 2020 winner for this category.

Government Award

Government Category

Awarded to government departments and officials. For significant contributions to maintaining Australia’s biosecurity integrity.

Nominees must meet at least one of these criteria:

  • design, put in place or lead biosecurity reform initiatives within their sector
  • show significant biosecurity integrity
  • raise biosecurity awareness within their operations
  • work with the department to manage biosecurity risks
  • manage a disease outbreak or pest incursion
  • report suspicious activities that may be of biosecurity concern
  • make an outstanding contribution to protect or maintain animal or plant health
  • raises awareness outside Australia of our biosecurity system.

See the 2020 winner for this category.

How to nominate

To nominate someone for an award:

  • read the criteria for your chosen category
  • download the nomination form 
  • send in your completed form via:
    • email to: aba@awe.gov.au
    •  post to:

      Australian Biosecurity Awards
      c/o Industry and Community Engagement
      Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
      GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601

Departmental staff cannot be nominated for an award.

Entries closed on 2 October 2020.

Past recipients

Past winners include:

  • industry leaders in biosecurity
  • long-serving biosecurity officials
  • groups and individuals who managed significant pest and disease detections. 

Their stories show how important biosecurity is and why we must all do our part.

Learn more about our past Australian Biosecurity Award recipients.
Last reviewed: 2 October 2020
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