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.
In 2017 an independent review was undertaken of the implementation and effectiveness of the NEBRA agreement in the five years since its commencement has been completed.
All submissions and feedback received during the review were considered by independent consultant KPMG who produced the final report.
The final report has been provided to the National Biosecurity Committee which will consider its findings and recommendations in conjunction with the relevant Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity Review recommendations.
The published report may not meet Australian Government accessibility guidelines as the report has not been prepared by the department.
A requirement of the NEBRA is that the agreement is reviewed within five years of commencement. The recommendations of the review may then be used to amend the NEBRA or guide its future application in order to strengthen Australia’s ability to respond to environmental biosecurity threats.
The review was not intended to be an audit of operational activities for responses managed under the NEBRA, but a review of the overall operation of the agreement.
In January and February 2017, targeted consultations took place in each state and territory with both government and non-government stakeholders. Over 150 non‑government stakeholder groups were invited to consultation sessions across Australia, with more than 30 groups participating.
Written submissions were also accepted between 18 January 2017 and 17 March 2017.
A discussion paper was developed, providing a background to the NEBRA, its key policies and processes, and highlighting key themes for discussion under the review.
Twenty submissions were received, including nine from government agencies/bodies and 11 from non-government organisations.
Thank you to those who contributed written submissions to the review. Submissions can be viewed below.
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Download NEBRA review submissions
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