The tenth edition of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report has been released this week by Plant Health Australia and is available on our website.  The hard copy of the report is now available and will be mailed to you in coming days.

The report is a guide to how Australia protects itself against exotic plant pests and diseases and reveals the tremendous effort being made across the country to sustain our plant industries, unique ecosystems and standards of living.

This year the report displays the system through the three layers of protection: pre-border, at the border and post-border, with examples of how the this works in specific circumstances. It details the efforts being made by everyone involved in plant biosecurity, be they the Australian or state governments, industries, research agencies and the community.

The report showcases the investment of $200 million in improving biosecurity surveillance and analysis through the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper to allow better target critical biosecurity risks and help improve market access for Australian producers.

It also highlights hundreds of scientific projects around Australia being undertaken by researchers and funders seeking to solve challenges affecting plant industries and our unique environment. Each project sheds light on some aspect of plant or bee biosecurity that will inform better management of pests, crop production and the environment.

To compile this edition we received valuable contributions from some 90 organisations and individuals.

Please share the report far and wide to stakeholders who you know would have an interest in Australia’s biosecurity system.