National Plant Biosecurity Strategy

National Plant Biosecurity StrategyThe National Plant Biosecurity Strategy (NPBS) is a comprehensive ten year plan that points the way for governments, plant industries and the community to work closely together to strengthen Australia’s plant biosecurity system.

In presenting a vision for the national plant biosecurity system, the NPBS looks at the challenges Australia will need to overcome in the next ten years and what steps will need to be taken. Realisation of this vision will better protect Australia and Australians from the negative impacts of plant pests, benefit market access for plant products, sustain Australia’s high quality and reliable food supply, and preserve environmental health and amenity.

The NPBS is the culmination of more than three year’s work by PHA who formulated the strategy on behalf of its members and in close consultation with hundreds of expert stakeholders across Australia’s plant biosecurity system.

Importantly the NPBS has been the endorsed by the Australian Government, state and territory governments and PHA industry members, which paves the way for increased cooperation between governments and plant industries in plant biosecurity.

National Plant Biosecurity Strategy SummaryImplementation of the NPBS will ensure that the plant biosecurity system continues to:

  • protect Australia and Australians from the negative impacts of plant pests
  • assist plant production industries to gain and maintain market access
  • sustain Australia’s high quality food supply
  • support long term sustainable production practices.

Click here to download a summary of the strategy’s main findings.

National Plant Biosecurity Strategy 2016-20 Implementation Plan

The National Plant Biosecurity Strategy (NPBS) sets the strategic direction for the plant biosecurity system to 2020. It incorporates high level strategies for the key functional areas of emergency response, diagnostics, surveillance and communications, and involves most stakeholders with a shared responsibility and commitment to the plant biosecurity status of Australia.

NPBS 2015-20 Implementation PlanIn 2014–15, PHA reviewed the NPBS and produced a report card on the implementation of the strategy, halfway to its target of 2020.

It was found that many recommendations and strategies have been progressed and some completed. The gaps still remaining were identified and compiled into a table with suggested priorities assigned for stakeholders.

All stakeholders agreed that the strategy is still current and PHA will continue to work with all industry and government stakeholders to support ongoing implementation during 2016-20. The results of the review and the activities yet to be completed are in the National Plant Biosecurity Strategy 2015–2020 Implementation Plan.

National Plant Biosecurity Strategy

Contents – online version

Executive summary
Summary of recommendations and actions
Legislative and policy background
Issues and challenges


The following section presents strategies, recommendations and actions for achieving an internationally outstanding plant biosecurity system capable of supporting sustainable plant production and environmental health while maintaining and enhancing market access.

Strategy 1     Adopt nationally consistent plant biosecurity legislation, regulations and approaches where possible within each state and territory government’s overarching legislative framework

Strategy 2     Establish a nationally coordinated surveillance system

Strategy 3     Build Australia’s ability to prepare for, and respond to, pest incursions

Strategy 4     Expand Australia’s biosecurity training capacity and capability

Strategy 5     Create a nationally integrated diagnostic network

Strategy 6     Enhance national management systems for established pests

Strategy 7     Establish an integrated national approach to plant biosecurity education and awareness

Strategy 8     Develop a national framework for plant biosecurity research

Strategy 9     Adopt systems and mechanisms for the efficient and effective distribution, communication and uptake of plant biosecurity information

Strategy 10   Monitor the integrity of the plant biosecurity system