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Biosecurity RD&E Strategy

Animal Health Australia (AHA) coordinates the implementation of the National Animal Biosecurity Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Strategy on behalf of government and industry stakeholders, including:

  • animal-based rural research and development corporations (RDCs)
  • Australian universities with agriculture and veterinary faculties
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • Australian, state and territory governments.

The Strategy is one of eight cross-sectoral strategies under the National Primary Industries RD&E Framework and aligns with the national biosecurity framework as part of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB).

The Biosecurity RD&E Coordinator oversees the implementation of the Strategy as a special-funded project under AHA’s Biosecurity services.

AHA’s role is not to fund or undertake animal biosecurity RD&E or employ any RD&E personnel. Rather, its role is to facilitate partnerships and to help establish the structures and processes that enable research providers, funders and end-users to work together to reduce fragmentation and unnecessary duplication in the national biosecurity RD&E system.

Why we need a national research strategy

Australia’s animal biosecurity system is complex: it involves coordinated action by industry at all stages of the animal production chain, and by governments, researchers, communities and citizens.

Biosecurity risks that affect more than one livestock industry, public health, the economy or the environment generally require cross-sectoral approaches to risk management. Cross-sectoral RD&E is important for assessing existing and emerging biosecurity risks and for developing and evaluating alternative risk management policies and practices that are not necessarily industry specific.

Primary industries and governments are looking to establish more cost-effective coordination and partnership arrangements for delivering RD&E. It is important for Australia to maintain a critical mass of technical and operational expertise to meet changing industry and government needs and to have flexible, responsive arrangements for accessing and maintaining the key expertise.

The Australian, state and Northern Territory governments, rural RDCs, CSIRO and universities are jointly addressing these needs through various strategies under the National Primary Industries RD&E Framework.

Using a partnership approach, the National Animal Biosecurity RD&E Strategy aims to identify and address capability gaps through effective allocation of RD&E resources (including human capability and infrastructure) nationally, by helping to ensure they are applied in an efficient and collaborative way.

Why we need good governance

Good governance is about having in place the best processes for making and implementing decisions. Good governance is both accountable and transparent, and includes consultation policies and practices, meeting procedures, role clarification and good working relationships.

Government and industry representatives and researchers contribute to the development and implementation of the Strategy through:

  • the Implementation Committee
  • the Annual RD&E Forum.

The Implementation Committee reports to:

  • Agriculture Senior Officials Committee (AgSOC) Research and Innovation (R&I) committee through the National Primary Industries RD&E Framework
  • National Biosecurity Committee (NBC) through the IGAB process.

For more information

Dr Simon Humphrys
Ph. 02 6203 3916

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Page reviewed: 11/08/2020