Biosecurity improvements to stem from new plant portal
19 May 2014
A new online resource of plant biosecurity information has been unveiled today that will improve Australia's ability to manage the risks associated with plant pests and diseases and protect our valuable primary industries.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the development of the Biosecurity Portal and said that managing information in a smarter more efficient manner is key to reforming Australia's biosecurity system.
"Maintaining our favourable disease status plays a huge role in the future productivity and market access opportunities of our agricultural sector," Minister Joyce said.
"Currently there are many databases of biosecurity information held by governments, industry and community groups but each tends to be isolated, limiting their usefulness.
"Our ability to share information through a single gateway will bring significant benefits to Australia’s biosecurity system by making important biosecurity information accessible by relevant stakeholders."
Developed by Plant Health Australia with funding from the Australian Government, the Biosecurity Portal allows plant health professionals across government, industry and the community to readily access information on surveillance, diagnostics, training, technical information, tools, national policies and strategies and legislation.
"Biosecurity means managing the risk of pests and diseases to the economy, the environment, and the community," Minister Joyce said.
"The data will be standardised and quality controlled, maximising its usability. Bringing it all together will provide an improved basis for national policy setting."
The Biosecurity Portal is overseen by the Portal Management Committee consisting of representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Plant Health Australia, the national coordinator of the government-industry partnership for plant biosecurity in Australia.
To view the portal visit www.biosecurityportal.org.au