Biosecurity has played a critical role in reducing risk and shaping our nation into one of the few
countries in the world to remain free from the world’s most severe pests and diseases.
With more than 60,000 kilometres of coastline offering a variety of pathways for exotic pests and
diseases, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources screens, inspects and clears millions
of people, mail parcels, baggage, ships, animals, plants and cargo containers entering Australia
Australia works across the whole biosecurity continuum with offshore, at the border and onshore
measures. The department uses a range of sophisticated technologies and approaches, including
research and shared international resources and intelligence, to help prevent the introduction
and spread of disease. Surveillance and monitoring of risk areas is also critical, along with
border control activities, which focus on assessing and managing potential biosecurity threats at
Australia’s airports, seaports, and international mail centres.
This year’s Budget delivers an additional $121.6 million to 30 June 2022 for our biosecurity system.
This investment is an important step towards strengthening the national biosecurity system and
forms part of the Australian Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of
the 2017 independent report, Priorities for Australia’s biosecurity system: An independent review of the capacity of the national biosecurity system and its underpinning intergovernmental agreement.
Why is this important?
Biosecurity is a critical part of the government’s efforts to prevent, respond to and recover from pests and diseases that threaten the economy and environment. Protecting our pest and disease-free status is vital to maintaining our competitive advantage in the global market and supporting jobs and growth across Australia.
Who will benefit?
Biosecurity controls at Australia’s borders minimise the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering Australia and protect our $63 billion agriculture industries as well as our unique environment, native flora and fauna, our tourism industries and lifestyle.
What will this cost?
Assurance, Verification and Enforcement - $27.8m
International Ports – Supplementary Funding - $14.8m
Modern, Seamless Border Clearance - $7.5m
Priority Pest and Disease Planning and Response - $51.5m
Tasmanian Fruit Fly – Emergency Response - $20.0m
Biosecurity Measures - $121.6m