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The 2021-2031 National Plant Biosecurity Strategy (NPBS) was released in mid-April by Plant Health Australia (PHA), providing a framework to strengthen Australia’s plant biosecurity system over the next decade.

The second-generation strategy outlines four focus areas needed to build a resilient and contemporary national plant biosecurity system that will continue to support Australian plant industries, the economy, the environment and communities. This requires collective effort nationally that ensures the people, resources, tools and systems are in place to facilitate the reforms and address the most important priorities for the system.

This strategy is preceded by the 2010–2020 National Plant Biosecurity Strategy, which recognised the importance of working together to respond to current and future biosecurity challenges, and played a key role guiding activities to support improvements to Australia’s plant biosecurity system.

It helped deliver a system vital to supporting our way of life where:

  • the rapid and accurate diagnosis of potential plant pests is carried out using a sophisticated nationally integrated diagnostic network;
  • the capacity and skills of people to prepare for potential plant biosecurity incidents is enhanced through various training and professional development activities;
  • a range of digital resources are available and routinely used to prevent, identify and respond to plant biosecurity incidents;
  • various software and technology platforms are in place to manage the collection, collation and analysis of plant biosecurity information.

View the online version of the 2021-2031 National Plant Biosecurity Strategy (NPBS) here, along with links to related strategies and associated documents.