NPBS – Governance

The National Plant Biosecurity Strategy Implementation Group (implementation group) will ensure continued alignment and complementarity across the suite of national plant biosecurity strategies by overseeing implementation, reporting and review of the strategy suite.

The implementation group will be coordinated by Plant Health Australia and include representatives from the following groups:

  • Plant Health Australia
  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Plant Health Committee
  • Subcommittee on Plant Health Diagnostics
  • Subcommittee on National Plant Health Surveillance
  • Plant Biosecurity Preparedness Working Group (or similar)
  • Environment and Invasives Committee
  • Plant Industries Biosecurity Committee
  • Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative
  • A non-government organisation with environmental and/or community interests.

Representatives, with support from Plant Health Australia, will be responsible for integrating and influencing the work of the group they represent in delivering or supporting delivery of the actions identified in the strategies.

Action plans

Implementation of the strategy will be supported by detailed action plans to ensure a more coordinated and focused approach.

The action plans will outline the specific tasks required for each action to achieve the outcomes and vision in the strategy. These plans will also identify organisations and/or groups with responsibility for implementing each task, resources required and timeframes. To ensure tasks achieve the intended quality, value and applicability, a program logic approach could be used that includes process and outcome components of how the implementation measures the impact of actions.

Development of the action plans will be guided by the implementation group in consultation with relevant plant biosecurity stakeholders, national committees and/or working groups.

Review and reporting

The implementation group will monitor and review progress in implementing the strategy. Annual evaluation reports will be developed with a comprehensive review of implementation will be undertaken on two occasions, in the fourth and the eighth year.

The annual evaluation reports and findings from the reviews will be presented to the implementation group and made publicly available. This information will be used by the implementation group to refresh the strategy and action plans to ensure national, regional and local effort in delivering the ten-year vision remains agile and responsive to changing priorities and a changing biosecurity context.