With the number of pest and disease threats that could enter our country rapidly growing, last week biosecurity champions from across Australia and overseas came together to form Australia’s first biosecurity collective.
The 2019 federal budget was a ripper for tackling some of Australia’s most destructive invading ants but has missed a major long-term investment opportunity.
In late 2016 the Invasive Species Council and Island Conservation, working with the local community, began a project on Norfolk Island to better control existing invasive pests and prevent the introduction of new potential pest species. The project had two objectives: Controlling rodents and ants The first was to help the Norfolk Island community protect…
Our case studies of dangerous invasive species that have made it into Australia or are likely to arrive illustrate the need for changes in how Australia prevents the establishment of new invasive species. The case studies are made up of our ‘dirty dozen’, 12 dangerous invasive species that have made it past Australia’s border controls…
Could Australia’s recycling crisis be solved by replacing wooden pallets with plastic pallets? At the same time reducing the risk of dangerous new insects sneaking past biosecurity borders hidden in wooden pallets?
Ecologist Nicki de Preu takes a look at changes to South Australia’s declared pests list and a new policy on new and emerging pests.
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.
Fact Sheets, Reports & Submissions
This submission responds to a request for views on the draft National Environmental Biosecurity Response Agreement (NEBRA) released by Australian national, state and territory governments in May 2019.
Our Risks and Pathways Project set out to identify insect species from other countries that, if they ever reach Australia, have the potential to cause great harm to our natural environment.