Biosecurity is about protecting the economy, community and environment from the negative impact of pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants.
Without a strong biosecurity system, biodiversity will be further compromised resulting in degradation of our unique environment, access to fresh and safe food will be limited and our infrastructure threatened.
Biosecurity also protects people from diseases that can be passed from animals to humans (called zoonoses), such as Hendra virus and Avian Influenza.
Biosecurity has played a critical role in reducing risk and shaping our nation to become one of the few countries in the world to remain free from the world’s most severe pests and diseases. While our geographical isolation has played a key role in maintaining this status, our isolation as an island nation is rapidly changing as the barriers of time and distance become less relevant and international travel and trade increase.
Shared responsibility for biosecurity means that the responsibility for detecting, reporting and responding to biosecurity risks to the economy, environment and community applies to everyone - we all have an important role to play be it big or small.
Plant biosecurity is all about protecting the economy, human health and the environment from problems associated with pests and diseases of plants. Due to Australia’s geographic isolation and historically strong focus on quarantine, we’re in the fortunate situation of being free of many significant pests that adversely affect agricultural production in other countries.
Fewer pest and disease problems mean lower production costs. ‘Pest freedom’ provides an enormous market access advantage to Australian producers. The social value of public amenities, such as parks and gardens, is maintained if they can be protected from pests.
Animal biosecurity starts wherever livestock are located, on farms, in feedlots or production sheds, at showgrounds and racetracks, on small hobby blocks and in suburban backyards. NSW DPI and the Local Land Services (Formerly Livestock Health and Pest Authorities, and Rural Lands Protection Boards) work with livestock producers, veterinary practitioners and other stakeholders to ensure the quality and safety of NSW livestock and livestock products.
Aquatic biosecurity protects the economy, human health and the environment from problems associated with aquatic pests, diseases and saltwater weeds. Fishers, fish farmers and ornamental fish enthusiasts all have a vital role to play, managing aquatic biosecurity risks in partnership with government and associated industries.
Farm biosecurity is a set of management practices and activities that are carried out on-farm to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests and diseases.