Biosecurity Matters

​​​​​​Australia is free from many pests and diseases found around the world.

Our animal, plant and human health rely on stringent controls and measures to manage the risk of these pests and diseases entering and becoming established in Australia.

This is known as biosecurity.

Many people are familiar with quarantine at the border and in airports, but there are many other biosecurity measures in place within Australia. As members of the community, we all have a role to play and there are things you can do to help protect Australia from unwanted pests and diseases.

How to be biosecurity aware

Read about your biosecurity responsibilities by selecting the hobbies and activities you enjoy:

Why biosecurity matters

Meet Jeff. Jeff is pretty careless when it comes to biosecurity and his actions could have far greater effects than he realises. Don’t be a Jeff and put Australia’s biosecurity at risk.

Biosecurity checklist for online shopping
Is the product permitted?
Are there import conditions?
Is the seller and origin reliable?
Are biosecurity risks correctly declared?
This is Jeff
Jeff loves online shopping, but he is unaware of his biosecurity responsibilities.
Jeff bought some goods from overseas without doing his research.
Some of his goods were high-risk and they were confiscated and destroyed at the main centre. Others were exported back to the sender.
Jeff wasted money and put Australia’s biosecurity at risk
Don’t be a Jeff
This is Jeff
Jeff bought some meat products online from overseas.
Jeff did not check if the products were permitted into Australia.
The products posed a threat to Australia’s biosecurity and were destroyed on arrival at the international mail centre.
Don’t be a Jeff
This is Jeff
Jeff bought a few types of seeds online that are permitted into Australia.
Jeff did not know that all permitted seeds must meet biosecurity conditions.
Since the seeds did not meet the conditions, they were exported back to the sender.
Don’t be a Jeff
In 2019 more than 75,000 high-risk goods were intercepted at Australia’s international mail centres
The most commonly intercepted goods were seeds, meat and pet food
This is Jeff
Jeff wanted to treat his beloved dog, Percy, to some pet food from overseas.
Jeff did not know that most pet food requires an import permit and did not apply for one.
The food was confiscated and destroyed on arrival, and poor Percy was left without his treats.
Don’t be a Jeff
This is Jeff
Jeff told his friend Jenny that gifts sent from overseas were not subject to biosecurity conditions.
Jenny sent him a box of meat products as a birthday present.
Jeff was wrong, the gifts posed a significant biosecurity risk and were destroyed on arrival.
Don’t be a Jeff
This is Lockie
Lockie works at our international mail centre sniffing out biosecurity risk items.
If you try to smuggle high risk goods from overseas, Lockie will let us know.
You will also lose your goods and may face criminal prosecution.
Beware of Lockie
Don’t be a Jeff
Don’t be a Jeff
When shopping online remember:
•	Food, seeds, plants, meat and pet food are high-risk goods
•	You must follow Australia’s biosecurity conditions
•	Don’t try to bypass biosecurity conditions - you can face serious consequences
•	Biosecurity is also your responsibility

Watch these videos to understand why biosecurity matters and ways you can help prevent the establishment and spread of unwanted pests and diseases.

Biosecurity and recreational fishing

Transcript - Biosecurity and recreational fishing DOCX  [414 KB, 1 page]
Transcript - Biosecurity and recreational fishing PDF  [22 KB, 1 page]

Biosecurity in your farm or garden

Transcript - Biosecurity in your farm or garden DOCX  [413 KB, 1 page]
Transcript - Biosecurity in your farm or garden PDF  [21 KB, 1 page]

Biosecurity when you travel

Transcript - Biosecurity when you travel DOCX  [411 KB, 1 page]
Transcript - Biosecurity when you travel PDF  [21 KB, 1 page]

​Report a biosecurity concern

 

Last reviewed: 16 July 2020
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