Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030

Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 is our strategic roadmap for protecting Australia’s environment, economy and way of life.

Our land, seas and waterways shape our prosperity and way of life. While globalisation has opened doors to growth and opportunity for Australia, it has also brought more exotic pests and diseases to our doorstep.

Australia’s biosecurity system is our defence against these threats.

Protecting some of our most valuable assets and industries 

$5.7 trillion
in environmental assets (modelled over 50 years in present value)

$51 billion
in agricultural, forestry and fisheries exports (2020-21 forecast)

1.6 million
jobs across the agricultural supply chain

$50 billion
direct tourism contribution to Australia’s GDP (2019-20)

$71 billion
in gross value agricultural, forestry and fisheries production (2020-21 forecast)

Implementing Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 will help protect us from current and future biosecurity threats.

Our goal

A risk-based biosecurity system that effectively, efficiently and sustainably protects Australia’s health, economic, environmental and national security interests against the threats of today and tomorrow, consistent with the Appropriate Level of Protection.

Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030

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Enablers

To achieve this goal, the Australian government will focus on five enablers:

Governance: A strong, ongoing commitment by governments, industry and the community to carry out their evolving roles and responsibilities as part of the biosecurity system.

Technology: An integrated, secure, data-driven and technology-enabled biosecurity system overseas, at our border and within Australia.

People: A workforce that has the capacity, skills and flexibility to prepare for and respond to emerging biosecurity risks, challenges and opportunities.

Regulation: A regulatory environment that supports us to respond to current and future biosecurity challenges and opportunities.

Funding: A funding and investment model that is sustainable for the long-term.

What we are doing

Our goal for the biosecurity system will be realised by implementing nine strategic actions:

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Accelerate our efforts with key partners to create a strong, future orientated and efficient national biosecurity system

The success of the national biosecurity system in protecting our environment, economy and people relies on the efforts of all parties. We will work across the Commonwealth and with governments, industry, research institutions and community groups to implement improvements across the system to efficiently and effectively manage biosecurity risk.

Expand offshore assurance arrangements and overseas supply chain integration

Addressing biosecurity risks before they reach our shores is a strong mitigant to preventing incursions and to minimising the scale and cost of border interventions. We will implement a range of initiatives to increase offshore compliance with our import requirements while supporting faster clearance of commodities at our borders where it is safe to do so.

Increase partnership activities with our near-neighbours to build their risk management capability and continue our engagement with key international bodies

Mitigating biosecurity risks before they reach Australia is important, as is supporting neighbouring countries in their efforts to grow their economies and protect their environment. Regional pest and disease pressure is growing. Building on our established relationships, we will partner with neighbouring countries to improve regional capability to identify and mitigate biosecurity risks. We will also work with international bodies to strengthen regional and global biosecurity frameworks and practices.

Invest in a skilled and responsive workforce supported by improved regulatory tools and information

Our staff, together with those people working under third party arrangements, will remain critical to managing biosecurity risk. As biosecurity threats change and grow, and technology offers new ways of doing business, our workforce needs to be equipped to respond. We will grow the capacity and skills of our people, together with the critical regulatory tools and information systems supporting them. This will increase our effectiveness, responsiveness and resilience as regulators and deliver digital transformation.

Roll out advancements in detection technologies and business practice innovations

New and emerging technologies are revolutionising how governments and industry operate. We will continue to explore and adopt these tools and ways of working, in partnership with industry and others where appropriate, to help us mitigate biosecurity risks and improve system efficiency for the benefit of all.

Generate greater shared responsibility through improved awareness and understanding

Everyone can play a part in protecting our economy and environment from biosecurity risks. We will seek to enhance engagement, awareness and understanding of biosecurity risks across the Australian community and business sectors.

Increase offshore intelligence, research and data sourcing to support risk-based interventions, preparedness and response

We will build our overseas strategic and operational intelligence, and associated analytics capability. This will assist us to quickly identify current and emerging trends and risks to inform future planning, ensure timely and appropriate border assurance and interventions and support preparedness planning, including for possible incursions.

Lift our national preparedness, response and resilience to exotic pest and disease incursions

The biosecurity threats to Australia will continue to change. Even with our best efforts, no system can reduce our risk to zero. We will invest in domestic preparedness, response, recovery and resilience planning and arrangements to help minimise potential impacts and disruptions.

Align our funding and investment model to emerging system needs

Governments, businesses and community groups invest in Australia’s biosecurity to protect our collective interest in avoiding and mitigating the considerable and ongoing costs associated with exotic pests and diseases. We will work toward ensuring our funding and investment strategies are fit-for-purpose and sustainable for the long-term, and that biosecurity partners contribute equitably. This will involve consultation with our key system partners and participants.

Engaging on next steps

Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 forms the basis for engagement with our stakeholders to develop the annual action plans to deliver this roadmap and a national biosecurity strategy. We want to consult broadly to develop these.

Give us your feedback on Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 and tell us how you would like to be engaged in the development of the national biosecurity strategy and annual actions plans.

Feedback closes on 30 June 2021.

Last reviewed: 9 June 2021
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