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Smart biosecurity science encouraged stakeholders to have their say about the future of plant biosecurity research, development and extension (RD&E).

Australia’s biosecurity status is the envy of the world. Global markets trust Australia’s biosecurity system. Our future as an agricultural trading nation depends on it.

This trust is due in large part to decades of investment in quality science to protect Australian agriculture and our unique natural environment.

Plant biosecurity science is Australian agriculture’s:

Insurance policy

  • Pests and diseases can reduce crop yields and bring about the failure of plant production systems.

  • Biosecurity RD&E saves farmers money through new technologies and systems to control pests and minimise the cost of management.

Competitive advantage

  • Biosecurity based on science opens new markets for Australian product.

  • It means Australia can prove the absence of market-sensitive pests and diseases, guarantee quality through the supply chain, and support the marketing promise of our agricultural exports.

As more people travel and more cargo is shipped around the world, Australia’s biosecurity shield is under increased pressure.

Investment in plant biosecurity RD&E is declining. There are reduced extension services to farmers, and declining human capacity to support plant biosecurity research and science.

There is consensus amongst industry, research and government stakeholders of the need for a long term view of plant biosecurity RD&E.


Final Report

Read the final Research Report from the Australian Farm Institute A sustainable and nationally coordinated plant biosecurity RD&E system for Australia.

There is also a brief 2-page Summary Paper of the report.


Key Dates

  • 4 April 2016 - AFI discussion paper released

  • 11 April - 9 May 2016 - Submissions process open

  • Late May 2016 - submissions collated and made publicly available

  • August 2016 - Australian Farm Institute final paper released

  • Late 2016 - PBCRC recommendation to the Australian Government​

Latest news

  • Watch the video of the author of the discussion paper, the Australian Farm Institute's Director Mick Keogh, speaking at the Rural Press Club of Victoria on the 20 April 2016. He was joined by industry panel members - Voice of Horticulture Chair Tania Chapman and Tanya Pittard from Grain Producers Australia. You can watch the full video of the event on the Rural Press Club of Victoria channel.

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