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Environmental biosecurity

​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has primary responsibility for managing Australia’s biosecurity system including managing biosecurity risk to Australia’s environment. Protecting Australia’s environment from pests and diseases that are likely to cause harm is important so that all Australian’s can enjoy Australia’s environment and unique biodiversity. It is difficult and not desirable to manage biosecurity risk to the environment in isolation from managing biosecurity risk to animal, plant and human health. To ensure that the management of Australia’s environmental biosecurity risk is effective and appropriate, the department:

  • works collaboratively with the Department of the Environment to develop and implement policies and programs that protect and conserve the environment
  • conducts risk analyses, including import risk analyses, so that goods and people arriving in Australia do not pose an unacceptable biosecurity risk, including to Australia’s environment
  • provides inspection and certification services to facilitate the safe movement of people, goods and conveyances into and out of Australia
  • partners with state and territory governments, industry and communities to manage pest and disease outbreaks that threaten Australia’s environment

Biosecurity risk does not discriminate and, if not managed properly, it can have devastating impacts for Australia. Managing risk to Australia’s environment is a crucial part of maintaining a modern and robust biosecurity system.

Environmental biosecurity is considered in a range of the work of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Department of the Environment:

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Department of the Environment