The dumping of a proposed import levy is a huge setback for Australia’s biosecurity system.
The Australian government is stalling on passing a new biosecurity levy that would help keep out major threats like the African swine fever virus.
If Australians are to protect what is most distinctive about this country – our unique plants, animals and ecological communities – we urgently need to overcome the key threats facing them. At least 100 species unique to Australia have been lost since 1788 and thousands more are on a path to extinction. About 1800 species…
More than 2800 insects across the world have been identified as being environmentally destructive once they invade new land, but which ones pose the greatest threats to Australia’s native plants and animals and what are we doing to keep them out? We are already grappling with the huge economic and environmental costs of insects from…
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…
The coronavirus pandemic has shown the need to act hard and fast when new diseases emerge, the same approach has to be taken on invasive species.
Australia’s first Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer has been in place for a year, so now is a good time to review the success of the position.
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
Submitted: April 2020
Australia’s system for abating major threats to biodiversity: A Priority for reform of the EPBC Act. A joint submission by the Invasive Species Council and Bush Heritage Australia.
An investigation into which insects overseas represent the greatest risks for Australia and how they could arrive here.