Implementing industry biosecurity plans

Industry biosecurity plans (IBPs) set out an agreed range of biosecurity activities to mitigate risks from exotic plant pests to particular industries. Six areas are covered by biosecurity planning. Agreed actions may include promoting on-farm biosecurity, developing diagnostic protocols and contingency plans for particular pests, raising awareness of specific pests and appointing biosecurity officers.

Risk mitigation activities considered during IBP development

Biosecurity management

Examples include:

  • Biosecurity Officers, to implement and coordinate biosecurity activities for the industry
  • biosecurity reference groups

On-farm biosecurity practices

Examples include:

  • farm biosecurity manual development
  • inclusion of biosecurity in industry best management

Practices and/or quality assurance schemes

  • promotion of biosecurity signage, farm hygiene and surveillance
  • development of modules for testing on-farm biosecurity

Surveillance

Examples include:

  • collection of surveillance data into the national database (NPSRT)
  • increased general surveillance
  • implementation of surveillance for high priority pests (for market access and/or early detection)

Pest-specific document development for high priority pests

Examples include:

  • contingency plans or business continuity plans
  • fact sheets and posters
  • pest risk reviews
  • diagnostic protocol

Awareness activities

Examples include:

  • biosecurity awareness campaign
  • promotion of biosecurity practices to growers
  • development of extension material

Training

Examples include:

  • training of industry personnel in the EPPRD and PLANTPLAN
  • on-farm training programs for best practice biosecurity