The federal government has launched a new national website that will raise awareness of biosecurity risks and help answer biosecurity questions from members of the public, businesses, and environmental workers.
The establishment of the standalone website, biosecurity.gov.au, responds to a recommendation made by the 2017 independent review of the national biosecurity system.
It brings together resources from the federal, state and territory governments, as well as industries and non-government agencies.
Agriculture minister David Littleproud said the website would help the public keep Australia free from pests and diseases, and would evolve to support people’s information needs.
“Australia’s biosecurity system is vital for safeguarding our primary industries and environment, but public information has been scattered,” he said.
“Whether you’re an individual or a business, the website links you to everything you need to know about your biosecurity responsibilities. If you’re travelling around Australia, shopping online, or even if you just like heading out bush – you have a role to play in looking after Australia’s biosecurity.
“If you’re importing, mailing or visiting from overseas and aren’t sure about the ins and outs of Australia’s biosecurity, this website will help direct you to the information you need to know. And if you think you’ve spotted a biosecurity risk, this website will tell you what you can do about it.”
The website was developed by the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, in collaboration with other jurisdictions and stakeholders. It is a key component of the government’s Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 strategic roadmap.