National Environmental Biosecurity Response Agreement (NEBRA) review

The National Environmental Biosecurity Response Agreement (NEBRA) was signed by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments in January 2012. It establishes the national arrangements for responding to significant pest and disease incursions where there are predominantly public benefits.

The Commonwealth and all state and territory governments are undertaking an independent review of the NEBRA. On behalf of all governments, we are seeking your views on the implementation and effectiveness of the agreement in the five years since its commencement.

Purpose of the review

A requirement of the NEBRA is that the agreement is reviewed within five years of commencement. The outcomes and recommendations of the review may be used to amend the NEBRA or guide its future application in order to strengthen Australia’s ability to respond to environmental biosecurity threats.

This review is not intended to be an audit of operational activities for responses managed under the NEBRA, but it will consider the outcomes and achievements of these responses.

How you can contribute

On behalf of all governments, we are seeking your views. All interested parties are encouraged to make a written submission to the review.

The submission period will open in January 2017 and close at 5pm AEDST on 17 March 2017.

Discussion paper

A discussion paper has been developed, providing a background to the NEBRA, its key policies and processes, and highlighting key themes for discussion under the review. The key themes should be considered as a guide only and we encourage submissions that address additional topics, provided they remain within the scope of the review.

We recommend reading the discussion paper before you prepare a submission.


DocumentPagesFile typeFile size
NEBRA Five Year Review Discussion Paper17PDF404 KB
NEBRA Five Year Review Discussion Paper17Word660 KB


There are two ways that you can make a submission to the NEBRA review.

  • Email submissions
  • Online submissions (up to 500 words)

Email submissions

If you wish to make a more detailed submission, please use the email submission method, as there is no word limit. If your submission is more than three pages long, please include a summary of your key comments and suggestions at the front of the document.
Submissions lodged by email should be accompanied by the submission cover sheet and emailed to Nebra 5 year review.


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Submission cover sheet and template3PDF370 KB
Submission cover sheet and template3Word122 KB

Online submission form

The online submission form is recommended for submissions up to 500 words.

Please complete all fields in the online submission form. For partially confidential submissions, please clearly mark ‘confidential content’.

NEBRA five year review online submission form


‘Personal information’ means any information or opinion about an identified, or reasonably identifiable, individual.

The collection of personal information by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in relation to this submission is for the purposes of gathering opinions on the NEBRA Five Year Review and related purposes. You are under no obligation to provide personal information but if you do not, the panel and department will be unable to contact you to discuss or respond to your submission.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, submissions marked confidential may be made available. Such requests will be determined in accordance with provisions under that Act.

Personal information may be published on the department’s website, disclosed to other Australian agencies, persons or organisations where necessary for these purposes, provided the disclosure is consistent with relevant laws, in particular the Privacy Act 1988. Your personal information will be used and stored in accordance with the Privacy Principles.


For further information, please contact the NEBRA Review Secretariat.