NSW Biosecurity and Food Safety Strategy 2022-2030

NSW Biosecurity and Food Safety StrategyBiosecurity and food safety is protecting the economy, environment, and community from the negative impacts of pests, diseases, weeds, and contaminants and ensuring food safety.

NSW Biosecurity and Food Safety manages risks associated with interactions between people, plants, animals, the food we eat, and our environment. Building on these interdependencies, the NSW Biosecurity and Food Safety Strategy 2022-2030 draws on the concept of ‘One Health’ to deliver optimal biosecurity and food safety outcomes, and contribute to economic, social, and environmental prosperity.

The rising complexity of Australia’s biosecurity and food safety environment is driving the need for new and innovative approaches to managing the challenges now and into the future. To this end, the NSW Biosecurity and Food Safety Strategy 2022-2030:

  • sets a clear vision for biosecurity and food safety in NSW
  • maps strategic objectives for Government, industry, and the community, and
  • marks key activities to guide prioritisation, decision-making and actions at the state level.

Strong and effective biosecurity and food safety is essential to the continued wellbeing of people in NSW, the prosperity of our economy and communities, productivity and profitability of primary and food industries, the safety and sustainability of our food systems, and the health of our ecosystems.

Biosecurity and food safety is a shared responsibility - industry, research, government partners, and the community working together to ensure four strategic objectives are met:

  1. Prepare and prevent - adopt innovative solutions to effectively manage future and emerging threats through improved prediction, early detection and better understanding of risk pathways.
  2. Timely and risk proportionate responses - make informed and risk-based decisions to proportionately respond to biosecurity and food safety threats.
  3. Rapid and efficient containment - minimise the adverse impacts of biosecurity and food safety threats on economy, environment, and community, while also maximising product integrity and market access opportunities.
  4. Partnerships to minimise impacts - engage stakeholders and share responsibility to minimise the impact of biosecurity and food safety threats, including exotic and endemic pests, diseases and weeds, and foodborne illness.

By taking actions to build our capability and capacity, share responsibility, and invest in tools and technology we will deliver strong biosecurity and food safety outcomes.