Draft NSW Biosecurity Strategy
Biosecurity is the protection of the economy, environment and community from negative impacts associated with pests, weeds and diseases. The NSW Government has developed a draft NSW Biosecurity Strategy.
The draft NSW Biosecurity Strategy is based on the principle of shared responsibility and has been prepared to increase awareness about biosecurity issues and provide a framework for biosecurity management in NSW. It aims to highlight why biosecurity is important for NSW and identifies a number of outcomes and proposed actions to manage risks effectively.
The draft NSW Biosecurity Strategy aims to expand on the existing 2007 NSW Department of Primary Industries Biosecurity Strategy to address not only primary industries, but the broader biosecurity spectrum in terms of biodiversity and the natural environment, infrastructure and service industries as well as lifestyle, recreation, sport and social amenity. It also outlines how the NSW government will partner with other levels of government, industry and the community to identify and manage biosecurity risks.
A new Biosecurity Strategy will bring about improvements to the existing biosecurity system to achieve more profitable and sustainable primary industries, including trade relationships to maintain healthy environments, both aquatic and terrestrial and to achieve social and economic outcomes for government and the broader community.
Providing comment on the draft strategy
The draft NSW Biosecurity Strategy was released for public consultation between 17 October 2012 and 16 November 2012. Submissions have now closed and it is anticipated that the final NSW Biosecurity Strategy will be released in early 2013.
Frequently asked questions
For further information on the draft strategy see frequently asked questions.