NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2013-2021

Cover of the NSW biosecurity strategy
Biosecurity is the protection of the economy, environment and community from negative impacts associated with pests, diseases and weeds. The NSW Biosecurity Strategy 2013-2021 was launched on 22 May 2013.

The 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 four key goals and a number of outcomes and strategies for implementation to manage risks effectively.

The 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 terrestrial and aquatic and to achieve social and economic outcomes for government and the broader community.

A draft Biosecurity Strategy was released for public consultation between 17 October 2012 and 16 November 2012. Twenty-four community meetings were held across NSW during this period and approximately 70 written submissions were received. All comments received on the draft Strategy during the consultation period were considered when finalising the Strategy.

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Contributing to the Strategy

Everyone can contribute to the NSW Biosecurity Strategy by appreciating the importance of the strategy and by being aware of, and participating in, biosecurity issues. For further information, please call (02) 4640 6333 or send an email to biosecurity@dpi.nsw.gov.au

What happens next?

The NSW Biosecurity Strategy sets out the government’s long-term objectives for how we will work together to manage biosecurity in NSW. The strategy will be underpinned by policies, strategies and implementation and operational plans that will provide a detailed road map of how the outcomes of this Strategy will be achieved. Specific actions, targets and time frames for delivery will be outlined in more detail in these underpinning documents and will be reported against annually or as required.