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Strategic Priority Three

Strengthen biosecurity, surveillance and animal welfare to enhance animal health, and support market access and trade



Develop and deliver engagement and communication strategies and training to increase awareness, uptake and application of biosecurity practices, principles and plans.


Assist Members to strengthen on-farm biosecurity practices by developing and implementing innovative approaches, tools and cost-effective solutions and enhancing best practice guidelines and verification/certification systems.


Strengthen collaboration to encourage and support research to identify gaps and the development and implementation of innovative approaches to the management of biosecurity risks.


Participate in and contribute to national priority initiatives to improve and enhance biosecurity arrangements.


Participate in and contribute to the development and implementation of a national animal health surveillance strategy.


Improve diagnostic, surveillance and reporting systems.


Identify and promote the adoption of new means and technologies in surveillance to encourage producer, veterinary and associated industry engagement.


Work with Members to expand and improve national livestock identification systems and traceability.


Assist industry in the development of industry verification systems and tools for animal health and welfare to support market access.


Strengthen Member collaboration to adopt a consistent legislative and regulatory approach to achieve sustainable and improved animal welfare outcomes.


  • Livestock producers are more aware of their biosecurity obligations.
  • Increased biosecurity awareness within industry supply chains.
  • Effective industry-specific, on-farm biosecurity plans and other tools that support national efforts to reduce the risk of endemic and emergency animal diseases.
  • Risk mitigation strategies for significant (agreed) livestock production conditions.
  • Innovative approaches and cost-effective tools for increased uptake of biosecurity practices.
  • A measurable increase in strategic partnerships and collaborations with Members, Plant Health Australia, research and development corporations, across the supply chain and other organisations.
  • Consistent and harmonised biosecurity arrangements across jurisdictions deliver consistent outcomes.
  • A robust, integrated animal health system based on improved national policies and a national animal health surveillance strategy in which national and international trading partners have confidence.
  • Surveillance activities that are science based and prioritised according to risk maximise return on investment and maintain assurance of key disease absence.
  • Easily accessible and useable technologies and information systems to facilitate reporting and minimise time to detection.
  • Enhanced national policies and strategies to address ‘one health’ issues, including zoonotic disease and antimicrobial resistance.
  • Proven improvements in traceability in livestock along the production chain satisfy the national performance standards.
  • Improved traceability by expanding the NLIS system to other industries.
  • A measurable increase in best practice guidelines and industry verification systems and tools for animal health and welfare to support market access.

Page reviewed: 20/10/2015