National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy
The national sheep industry has taken a lead in defining its roles, responsibilities and strategic priorities in the Australian biosecurity system through developing the National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy. This Strategy positions the sheep industry to take a consistent approach to biosecurity risk management, recognising that risks are constantly increasing due to a number of global factors. It allows the industry to leverage existing resources, activities and investments, and meet its obligations under legislation and national arrangements.
The Strategy was developed by WoolProducers Australia (WPA) and Sheep Producers Australia (SPA) in collaboration with key stakeholders and sheep industry leaders from across Australia and funded by AHA. The project to deliver the objectives and outcomes of the Strategy is being managed by AHA, collaborating with SPA and WPA.
Biosecurity is the management of risks to the economy, the environment and the community created by invasive species and diseases entering, emerging, establishing or spreading.
Biosecurity is a shared responsibility between governments, industry organisations, the community and individual landowners. No one individual or group can do it all.
Download the NSIBS ‘Plan on a page’ factsheet
Download the NSIBS brochure for sheepmeat and wool producers
The Livestock Health Monitoring Network is part of the Surveillance and Biosecurity Extension in Tasmania project funded by Animal Health Australia (AHA) with the support of sheep industry members Sheep Producers Australia and WoolProducers Australia via their joint National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy 2019-2024, alongside the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).
The network, coordinated by veterinarian Dr Bruce Jackson, brings together service providers – such as private veterinarians, stock agents, rural merchandisers and shearing contractors – to conduct livestock health monitoring during their time spent on-farm, especially those properties with sheep.
Producers in Tasmania will once again have access to an animal health monitoring and biosecurity network, funded by Animal Health Australia (AHA) and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).
The network, coordinated by veterinarian Dr Bruce Jackson, aims to bring together service providers – such as private veterinarians, stock agents, rural merchandisers and shearing contractors – to conduct livestock health monitoring during their time spent on-farm, especially those with sheep.
As both eyes and ears on the ground, and trusted partners to producers, service providers can help bridge the gap between what producers are doing on-farm and the wider animal health and biosecurity systems.
The Australian sheep and wool industries are set to receive greater support in implementing proactive biosecurity measures, through the appointment of a specialist extension resource at Animal Health Australia (AHA), based in South Australia.
Establishing the role, which has been filled by Dr Emily Buddle, is an important early step in delivering against the National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy 2019-2024 (NSIBS), which was developed by Sheep Producers Australia (SPA) and WoolProducers Australia (WPA).
Find out more
In SA: Dr Emily Buddle:
Ph: 0467 782 117
Livestock Health Monitoring – Tasmania: Dr Bruce Jackson:
Email Dr Jackson
Ph: 0407 872 520
Sheep Producers Australia:
Ph: 02 6103 0838