Category: institutional-reform

Feral horses and pigs, introduced diseases and fire all threaten the nationally endangered Gouldian finch.

Have we turned the corner?

Australia is made great strides in environmental biosecurity over the past year, but have we turned the corner yet?

Focus on national environmental biosecurity

The decision to create an office of environmental biosecurity protection is big step forward in protecting Australia’s environment from dangerous new invasive species.

Hunt letter supporting EHA

Environment Health Australia

Environmental biosecurity – the protection of our natural environment from harmful exotic weeds, pests and diseases – requires much more attention than it currently receives.

Two government-industry bodies, Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia, have been working for many years to keep crop and livestock industries safe from new invasive species.

That is why we have launched ‘Keeping Nature Safe’, a proposal for the establishment of Environment Health Australia, a national body dedicated to environmental biosecurity. It would bring together major participants in environmental biosecurity, effectively involve the community sector, and foster collaboration in tackling some of Australia ’s most pressing and challenging environmental threats.

Environmental Health Australia would take up the challenge of keeping our incredible natural heritage, native plants and wildlife safe from new and emerging invasive species.

Environmental Biosecurity: Best Practice A Guide for Australian Policy-makers

Environmental Biosecurity: Best Practice

March 2017
Our best-practice environmental guide for Australian policy makers shows how we can create a biosecurity system that’s properly aimed at delivering real environmental protection on behalf of all Australians.

Submission to the Review of the National Environmental Biosecurity Response Agreement (NEBRA)

Submitted: March 2017
This submission seeks the automatic triggering of NEBRA for priority organisms, majority instead of consensus decision-making, an emergency response fund, meaningful involvement of environmental stakeholders and environment departments, increased transparency, application of the precautionary principle and removal of the requirement for eradications to be cost beneficial.