Biosecurity legislative framework to protect NSW

The NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 was assented to in September 2015 and is expected to come into effect in 2017.

NSW Biosecurity Strategy

NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2013-2021 released

The NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2013-2021 establishes a clear vision for how NSW will manage biosecurity threats including plant and animal pests, diseases and weeds. The most important goal of the strategy is that biosecurity is recognised as a shared responsibility.

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Animal biosecurity

Animal biosecurity starts wherever livestock are located, on farms, in feedlots or production sheds, at showgrounds and racetracks, on small hobby blocks and in suburban backyards. NSW DPI and the Local Land Services (Formerly Livestock Health and Pest Authorities, formerly Rural Lands Protection Boards) work with livestock producers, veterinary practitioners and other stakeholders to ensure the quality and safety of NSW livestock and livestock products.

Ornamental fish

Aquatic biosecurity

Aquatic biosecurity protects the economy, human health and the environment from problems associated with aquatic pests, diseases and saltwater weeds. Fishers, fish farmers and ornamental fish enthusiasts all have a vital role to play, managing aquatic biosecurity risks in partnership with government and associated industries.

Grapevine phylloxera galls

Plant biosecurity

Plant biosecurity is a vital component of sustainable primary production and protects our environment, including parks, gardens and native bushlands, from significant plant pests and diseases that are present in other regions.

NSW Invasive Species Plan

Weeds | Vertebrate pests | Insect pests

Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to biodiversity and primary production. The NSW Invasive Species Plan, developed with extensive government, industry and community input, provides actions that aim to prevent and effectively manage the introduction and spread of invasive species to minimise this significant threat.
Note: For information about invasive fish, see 'Aquatic biosecurity' above.

Related websites

Related websites

Animal Health Australia (AHA)
Farm biosecurity: information and tools (AHA)
Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN)
Plant Health Australia (PHA)
National Biosecurity Committee
Quarantine Domestic

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Emergency Animal Disease Hotline

Report unusual disease signs, abnormal behaviour or unexplained deaths in livestock.
Ph. 1800 675 888

Exotic Plant Pest Hotline

Report suspect exotic and emergency pests and diseases.
Ph. 1800 084 881

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To report noxious weeds contact your local council weeds officer. Widespread pest animals should be reported to your Local Land Services. Sightings of unusual animals should be reported to DPI, alternatively phone 1800 680 244.

Aquatic pest hotline

Report suspected aquatic pests or weeds.
Ph. 02 4916 3877 (24 hr recorded hotline).


Report mass fish deaths or disease to the Fishers Watch Phoneline.
Ph. 1800 043 536


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NSW DPI Diagnostic and Analytical Services (DAS) provides:

Contact a customer service unit for further information and assistance.

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