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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Invasive species is 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.
Animal Health Australia (AHA)
Farm biosecurity: information and tools (AHA)
Plant Health Australia (PHA)
Australian Quarantine & Inspection Service (AQIS)
National Biosecurity Committee
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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 and Animal Pest Hotline
Report suspect exotic and emergency animal, insects and plant pests/diseases.
Ph. 1800 084 881
Invasive Species Hotline
Report suspicious weeds and pest animals. Alternatively contact your local council weeds officer (weeds), Livestock Health & Pest Authority (pest animals) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph. 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.
Laboratory services and diagnostic testing
NSW DPI Diagnostic and Analytical Services (DAS) provides:
Contact a customer service unit for further information and assistance.
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