Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer

Australia’s Chief Plant Protection Officer (ACPPO), Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith, is the primary representative of, and an advisor to, the Australian Government on all matters relating to Australia’s plant health status and its supporting systems.

Australia’s Chief Plant Protection Officer (ACPPO), Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith

From within the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, the ACPPO promotes a shared vision for plant health that protects and enhances Australia’s valuable plant resources and production capacity.


  • protects the environment
  • increases plant production efficiencies
  • reduces plant pest pressures
  • improves market access for plants and plant products.

The ACPPO is Australia’s official contact point for the International Plant Protection Convention.


The Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer represents the Australian Government on plant health issues of national and international interest. The role provides leadership in the development of national plant health policy and provides high-level advice to senior executives and government.

The ACPPO works on activities that maintain our plant health status, including preparedness and response to plant health issues such as incursions of emergency plant pests. Much of this is done in partnership with state and territory governments, plant industries and Plant Health Australia, the not-for-profit national coordinator of the government-industry partnership for plant biosecurity in Australia.

The ACPPO represents Australia in international plant health engagement including:

The ACPPO represents the Australian government in national arrangements for plant health including national committees, emergency response, industry-government partnerships and research and development, comprising of:

  • National Biosecurity Committee (NBC)
  • Plant Health Committee (PHC)
  • Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests (CCEPP) - Chair
  • Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD)
  • Biosecurity Research and Innovation Steering Committee
  • National Biosecurity Management Consultative Committee - Chair
  • Plant health Australia (PHA) - member meetings
  • Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDC)
  • Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI).

Strategic priorities

Priorities for the ACCPO include:

  • Create a shared vision for, and leadership of, plant health in Australia.
  • Represent Australia in international plant health forums, such as:
  • Represent Australian government in national plant health forums
  • Lead the national response to emergency plant pests
  • Lead the transitions of non-eradicable pests to ongoing management
  • Provide expert advice on biosecurity risk assessments and plant health issues
  • Deliver biosecurity R&D projects
  • Coordinate data sharing requests



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Last reviewed: 29 June 2021
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