Biosecurity & food safety

Biosecurity is important because it protects our economy, environment and community from pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants.

Biosecurity is a shared responsibility, and everybody has a role to play in protecting NSW from these biosecurity risks.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2015, everyone has a general biosecurity duty – this means anyone who deals with biosecurity matter is required to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risks they encounter.

Food safety is vital to protect the health and wellbeing of the people in NSW through:

  • mitigating food safety risks
  • rapidly responding in the event of a food safety incident
  • improving the clarity and accessibility of food information
  • providing education, training and technical information to consumers and industry
  • The NSW Food Authority is responsible for regulating and monitoring food safety across the entire food industry supply chain in NSW - from paddock to plate

Biosecurity and Food Safety compliance regulatory priorities

Biosecurity and Food Safety reviews its compliance regulatory priorities annually to ensure that it adopts a risk-based approach to its enduring priorities, as well as new and emerging biosecurity threats and food safety risks. These priorities are determined in consultation with key industry and community stakeholders and are set in the context of NSW Government priorities and the NSW Department of Primary Industries Strategic Plan.

Read about our Regulatory Priorities for 2017 - 2018 (PDF, 177.41 KB)

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