What is biosecurity?
Biosecurity is the protection of the economy, the environment, social amenity or human health from negative impacts associated with the entry, establishment or spread of animal or plant pests and disease, or invasive plant and animal species.
Why is biosecurity important?
Biosecurity is fundamental to the health, well-being and prosperity of all Victorians. Victoria has a strong record of identifying and managing biosecurity risks for the agricultural production sector but it is time to look to the future. Our natural environment and primary industries face new and emerging biosecurity threats which bring new challenges and require new solutions.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) develops policy, standards, delivery systems and services that reduces the threat of invasive plants and animals to agriculture and the natural environment, protects animals and plants from pests and diseases, enhances food safety, ensures minimal and effective chemical use, protects the welfare of animals and preserves and expands market access for Victoria's primary industries.
Our purpose is to:
- Minimise the impact of pest, disease, invasive plants and animals, chemical use and residues, and animal welfare incidents upon market access, and the environment and production systems, while ensuring food safety and public health.
- Maximise the adoption of best practice in animal welfare, chemical use and residues, and biosecurity (control of pests and diseases and invasive plants and animals either naturally occurring or deliberately introduced).
As a leading government agency, DEPI provides high level scientific, policy and operational expertise within Victoria, at the national level and at times in the global market.
The Biosecurity Strategy for VictoriaThe Victorian Government’s biosecurity approach is encapsulated in a vision of collaboration between government, industry and community, to manage the state’s biosecurity risks.
Critical to our success are our activities in building partnerships, strengthening the coverage of our biosecurity system, improving decision making and prioritising investment, building skills and capability, and improving our surveillance and incursion response systems.
This Biosecurity Strategy for Victoria sets a firm foundation to guide the biosecurity planning, preparedness, service delivery and partnerships required to meet Victoria’s future needs and protect the extraordinary economic, environmental and social assets on which our prosperity depends and our way of life is built.
The Biosecurity Strategy for Victoria – implementation plan 2010 to 2013 was the first stage of the transition to a new biosecurity system in Victoria. The plan outlines the Victorian Government’s key current programs and flags its future directions in this critical area.
Hardcopies of the Biosecurity Strategy and the Biosecurity Strategy Implementation Plan can be ordered by contacting our Customer Service Centre.