Biosecurity Innovation Program

We are investing in innovative technologies and approaches to enhance our national biosecurity system.

The $25.2 million Biosecurity Innovation Program supports collaboration between industry and government. It will fund innovative technologies and approaches to enhance the capacity of our national biosecurity system.

Industry plays an essential role in safeguarding Australia’s biosecurity. We’re looking to collaborate with innovators from the business sector, universities, and domestic and international research entities.

Together, we want to identify bold new ideas to support the long-term effectiveness and sustainability of Australia’s biosecurity system.

The program will benefit Australia’s agriculture sector, importers, exporters, state and territory governments, business innovators, international partners and the Australian public. It will help Australia maintain our favourable pest and disease status and our access to export markets.

The Challenge

Our biosecurity system is under growing pressure from the number of people and goods coming into Australia, and these numbers are forecast to increase.

Other factors such as globalisation, complex international supply chains and changes to operating environments present challenges.

By 2025 Passengers increase 72%, Containerised cargo increase 100%, Shipping increase 28% and Containers increase 75%

What we are looking for

Technologies and approaches that will contribute to a sustainable and effective biosecurity system.

The fund will provide financial support for projects that could improve:

  • biosecurity screening of goods and passengers
  • biosecurity risk detection — for example, drone surveillance, artificial intelligence, robotics, next generation sequencing and new biological controls
  • the effectiveness and efficiency of our national biosecurity system.

How to apply

Applications for 2020–21 open November 2019 and close March 2020, but the Biosecurity Innovation Program team is happy to receive project ideas at any time. Send a short description of your idea to the Biosecurity Innovation Program team (100-300 words). They will then work with you to develop your application and connect you with a sponsor within the department.

The program will run until 2024.

Stay up to date

Subscribe to our biosecurity innovation hub, The Seed.