Greater Sydney Peri Urban Biosecurity Program

Sydney is the gateway to NSW and its peri urban areas have long been recognised as a high biosecurity risk. In this region we have more incoming international travellers and freight than anywhere else in the country along with a high density of small lot holders. Couples with the high impact of climate change and emerging diseases, the biosecurity risk for the region continues to rise.

Developed in partnership with Greater Sydney Local Land Services, the Greater Sydney Peri Urban Biosecurity Program focuses on strengthening collaboration within the region and improving the capacity to respond to, manage and control biosecurity threats.

Biosecurity in the Greater Sydney region keeps farmers in business, maintains export markets, keeps the community healthy and protects our environment – and we want to keep it that way.

A peri urban area is the interface between urban and rural lands. For example, residential areas with agricultural lands are peri urban.

Everyone can contribute to peri urban biosecurity by being aware of what biosecurity is and:

  • not bringing things back from interstate or overseas that might create a risk
  • reporting anything unusual if you live or work near an airport, port or state border
  • protecting your own business as well as your neighbour’s if you live or work in a semi-urban area.

For further information on the Peri Urban Biosecurity Program or to become involved contact:

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E-learning course

VETLEARN: Veterinarians, hobby farmers and backyard livestock

Veterinarians, hobby farmers and backyard livestock is a new e-learning course as part of a national initiative between the Department of Primary Industries, Animal Health Australia and the Australian Veterinary Association.

It is a two-hour online course that provides veterinarians with the confidence and resources to build their business and improve engagement with hobby farmers, smallholders and clients with backyard livestock. The course will help veterinarians improve biosecurity outcomes with smallholders, resulting in early detection of disease.

This free course is relevant to all veterinarians nationally and will earn 2 CPD or VETED points.

You will only need to register for the course once.

  1. Visit the EMtrain website.
  2. Click on Create new account (below the log in icon), and fill in all fields
    Note: Please ensure you use a personal email address rather than a shared one
  3. An email will be sent to you to confirm your registration. Click on the link in the email to complete the login process, which will direct you to the EMtrain homepage
  4. Once you are logged into EMtrain, click on View Catalogue, select Additional Skills, then select the Veterinarians, Hobby Farmers and Backyard Livestock course
  5. Once you are on the home page of the course, click the course heading in the grey box, then select the Enrol Me icon to be taken to the page for course commencement

  1. Log in via the EMtrain website, using your log in credentials

    Note: Any courses you have enrolled in will appear on the homepage

  2. Click on the Veterinarian, Hobby Farmer and Backyard Livestock course

Click on the title in the grey box to enter the course

This course consists of an introduction, four modules and an assessment.

You must visit all modules before attempting the assessment. In order to pass the course, you will need to achieve an assessment result of 80% or higher.

You will be able to print a Certificate of Completion once the assessment is complete.

Questions or comments should be directed to:

Greater Sydney Peri Urban Education in Schools project

As part of the Greater Sydney Peri Urban Project, we partnered with Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis, the NSW Department of Education and DART Connections for the Peri Urban Education in Schools project.

The project saw our biosecurity awareness message streamed live into schools across the state via Connected Classroom technology.

Filming took place at Tocal College on March 27, 2018 and you can watch the results via Youtube.

Biosecurity Warrior - Come and do your biosecurity training with me!

Primary school students had the opportunity to become biosecurity warriors by joining us for a video excursion into their own backyard.

Costa Georgiadis, also known as Costa the Garden Gnome from ‘Get Grubby TV’, spoke about biosecurity goodies and baddies and provided  students with some tips on how they  can get involved in biosecurity by starting in their own backyards.

Costa also introduced students to existing biosecurity warriors who use science and technology to ensure Australia’s biosecurity.

With the aid of recent case studies, students learned about pests and diseases that have the potential to damage our primary industries sector.

Students learned  the four golden rules of food safety and how to care for their fruit and vegetable gardens at home and at school.

Costa helped the students to understand the importance of our natural environment and that biosecurity is a shared responsibility that  begins in  our own backyard.

To watch visit Biosecurity in Our Backyard - Hosted by Costa - Primary School

Costa Georgiadis

High school students joined the flamboyant Costa Georgiadis on a walk through the world of biosecurity.

During the live video excursion they discussed risks to Australia’s biosecurity including the free movement of people, travel, imports and online shopping.

They participated in a Q&A with Costa as he discussed what steps are being taken to safeguard our primary industries, and what students can do to help protect Australia from invasive pests and diseases.

They learned about looming threats to our $15 billion agricultural sector and heard from scientists, educators and bee experts.

Students met those on the frontline who encouraged them to consider a career in biosecurity.

To watch visit Biosecurity in Our Backyard - Hosted by Costa - High School